According to the American Dietetic Association, anytime you are considering a weight loss program, there are a few things you should consider.
|•||How will the program assess your current health status? How will your success in the program be measured?|
|•||Will the program include guidance on physical activity?|
|•||What data do they have to prove their program really works? Do previous customers keep the weight off after they leave the program?|
|•||What are the costs involved for the program? Are you required to purchase specialized food items or supplements?|
|•||Will your success be measured in three- to six-month intervals? Is there a maintenance program involved?|
|•||What are the health risks?|
|•||Will the program include instruction and guidance to help you learn to eat in a more healthful way for the long term?|
|•||What kind of professional support is provided?|
|•||What are the credentials of the “professional”?|
Another consideration is that if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is! It’s wise to be wary if a program is described using any of these words:
|discovered in Europe||miraculous|
Most quick weight loss diets allow all the lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese you want, but no breads or starches, fruits, starchy vegetables or milk. It is a high protein, very low carbohydrate diet that results in ketosis and dehydration. This diet is not recommended for all people. In fact, I would not recommend any quick weight loss diet for anyone. It’s best to consult a Registered Dietitian for a personalized program. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other medical conditions that can benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy, your medical insurance may cover your visit/s to see a Registered Dietitian. Check with your health insurance, Physician, or Dietitian.