An Effective Weight Loss Program Evaluation

Whether a diet is a safe and effective weight loss program cannot be determined by trying to evaluate the promises of dramatic weight loss you find in print ads, on television, and on the internet. You need to find a program that will help you to make life-long changes in your diet and exercise strategies. Looking for such a diet program, you should look for these features:

 Good Nutrition.

 An effective weight loss program must consist of a diet that includes a sufficient amount of calories and supplies your body with the necessary nutrients to sustain a long-term program. You can adopt a restrictive, non-nutritional, diet plan (such as the grapefruit diet, banana diet, and other restrictive diets) and many of them are very effective at helping you shed the pounds. They are not however, what we would consider safe and effective diets as they are not the eating programs you can maintain for the long-term. Many of these types of programs can cause health problems if they are followed for long periods of time. Also quality vitamin and mineral supplements are recommended to maintain your health.

 Flexibility.

 Plans that restrict certain food groups are also not the kind of plans that can be adopted for long-term eating changes. You want to find a plan that includes an assortment of foods from all the major food groups. A healthy diet will include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats (including fish), low-fat dairy products and monounsaturated cooking oils.

 Accessibility.

 Does the diet require foods that are unavailable in your area or are hard to afford? You will never be able to adopt a diet for lifetime use if it requires you to eat foods you cannot find or cannot afford. A safe and effective weight loss program will consist primarily of foods that you can readily find and that won’t bust your budget.

 Exercise.

 You want to find a weight loss program that incorporates exercise, even if it is just moderate exercise. Not only does exercise aid the actual weight loss but it will improve both your physical health as well as your mental outlook. The vast majority of people who have lost weight and kept it off more than a year are those who incorporated strategies of regular physical activity into their new lifestyle.

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