How to Choose a Safe and Successful Weight Management Program

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A commercial or medical weight management program is one way to lose weight when traditional approaches have not worked. If regular physical activity and healthy eating have not produced the results you are seeking, it may be time to think outside the box.

First, Consider these Red Flags

The promise of having additional help through a weight management program can seem exciting! However, you should recognize that there is a lot of misleading information out there. From billboard advertisements to television commercials, you may be tempted by hopeful promises without guaranteed results.

To avoid wasted money, time and false hope, it’s important to be an informed consumer. When seeking a commercial or medical weight management program, consider these red flags:

  • Claims of permanent weight-loss
  • Claims of rapid and easy weight-loss
  • Programs which don’t require diet and exercise
  • Use of consumer testimonials and/or photos
  • Clinically proven or “doctor-approved”

Tips for Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Management Program

So how do you find a program you can trust? What should you look out for?

There are many good options for those who are seeking to lose weight. The key is to take your time in selecting a program, and do extensive research before settling on a decision. When you rush into a program with the goal to lose weight quickly, you are doing yourself a disservice. Taking positive measures to improve your health takes great time and effort.

Consider these tips to aid you in the process:

  • Find a program that offers counseling and education.
  • Look for a professional or a program who will help you set goals and monitor your progress.
  • Identify your expectations and make sure they’re realistic.
  • Look for a program that offers follow-up maintenance once the weight is lost.
  • Don’t be afraid to consider the risks. They can be scary, but they’re important.
  • Find a program that is affordable and won’t break your bank.
  • Look for research and/or publications that support a particular program’s work.
  • Seek a program with professional staff (physicians, nurses, counselors, etc.)

Looking for More Tips to Help You Find the Right Program?

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