There are many people who spend a good deal of their time searching for the "dream" weight loss program. This is a diet or exercise program where they can lose weight as quickly as possible with as little effort as possible.
While I can understand the motivation behind this, trying to pick out this sort of information from the sheer number of programs on the market is a very difficult task. Especially when they all seem to be making extraordinary claims that you aren't sure are true.
One important fact to remember is that despite all sorts of different sales pitches, all diets ultimately come down to making you take in fewer calories and all exercise programs are about burning more calories. They each seem to make claims about unique food combinations and efficient exercises, but realistically, it's all about taking in fewer calories or burning more.
Here are my top tips for selecting a good weight loss program:
1. Don't be taken in by amazing speed weight loss claims. Programs that promise to help you lose excessive amounts of weight in short periods of time are not safe, healthy or effective. If you are trying to lose weight quickly, you are more than likely "starving" yourself down, which means that a lot of the weight you lose will be water and muscle along with fat. And when you stop the diet your weight will rebound. Rather than going for losing weight quickly, try for a steady approach so you can avoid yoyo dieting.
2. Make the weight loss strategies part of your lifestyle
3. Go for someone who is qualified to give you weight loss advice. If you find a website with some ordinary guy in his garage who "discovered" how to lose weight fast, it can feel very tempting to think you have found the secret. But realistically, would you trust the guy to take out your appendix? So why are you trusting him to help you lose weight?
4. An approach that combines diet and exercise is ideal
5. Don't get too caught up in knowledge. Concentrate more on action. Some weight loss programs get bogged down in calorie details or complicated theories about which foods go with which foods. There are lots of people out there who know all the "theory" about losing weight but are still overweight. Knowledge is only power when it is applied.
6. A weight loss program that accepts everyone is suspect to me. I genuinely feel that some people are better suited to some programs than others. I don't accept every client that comes to me because I know that my approach will suit some people better than others.