There are so many diet programs on the market it has become fairly difficult for most people to know which ones will work for them and why. And a big reason for that is because there is no clear definition of what really constitutes a program. It’s important to understand for yourself what your real weight loss goals are so can assess whether or not a particular diet and weight loss approach has the necessary elements to be a successful program where you will experience results. Many so called “diets” are simply a series of steps that you try and follow to lose weight, which may or may not work for you. The most popular diet programs that are also the most successful from a true health improvement perspective share the following common traits:
Weight Loss is Viewed as a Lifestyle Change Although at first this is hard for many people to understand, usually you are overweight because your existing lifestyle is not conducive to losing weight. That nearly always boils down to a current sedentary lifestyle, and a lack of education on how to eat correctly. To really lose weight and keep it off the most successful diet programs which lead to long term and sustainable weight loss help you manage what you eat and how you exercise. Any approach that focuses simply on what you eat or that attempts to “game the body” over the short term for rapid weight loss really isn’t a legitimate program. You will lose weight following these approaches but it will only be temporary. And that is not a very healthy thing to do for your body.
Program Focus: Is it “Diet and Exercise” or “Exercise and Diet”? One of the biggest challenges in assessing a weight loss program is not realizing that there is usually a specific emphasis on either exercise or diet as the primary approach. Effective diet programs have a overriding focus on one or the other although they go out of their way to integrate both into a comprehensive system. It’s important to know this because your chance of weight loss and weight management success greatly depends on whether or not you find it easier to focus on physical fitness and exercise, or modifying your dietary habits as you change your lifestyle. For example, the Diet Solution Program, a newer diet oriented weight loss method focuses heavily on educating you about what to eat, why it’s important for your health and how doing so will support weight loss. It’s one of the most effective diet programs on the market and it works. The program does integrate exercise into the approach, but the primary program emphasis helps you to understand what you eat. Conversely, Truth About Abs concentrates on substantially increasing you resting metabolic rate (RMR) which focuses on muscle development to burn calories. The food you eat is very important to the approach but if you don’t want to embrace a focus on increasing your muscle mass this may be a more challenging way to achieve weight loss success.
Diet Programs Need to Have Support Systems For a weight loss program to be effective there needs to be some form of communication offering support between you and the program provider. Expensive approaches like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig know this, so they offer human outreach and counseling. But online programs do as well, usually through one way email communication with information and support sent to you in an automated fashion. Simply buying a book that you try and follow likely won’t help you reach and sustain long term weight loss. In order to achieve long term weight reduction, keep these key areas in mind as you look at diet programs that meet your weight loss needs and personal situation.
Heath Jackson writes about living a healthy and natural lifestyle and believes that physical fitness and a focus on weight control through lifestyle awareness can have a significant impact on your health. He provid