Loss Programs & Diets:
There are a vast
amount of weight loss programs and diets available. They all focus
on the quality and quantity of the food we eat, and
also the amount of exercise that we get.
is widely recognized by the medical community, to be a mistake to
attempt to lose weight too quickly by going on a starvation diet.
are two main reasons for this:
you slim too fast, you will be losing not only fat, but also muscle.
Then when you eventually start to eat more again, you will put
on the fat faster than the muscle.
your diet will be so unpleasant, that it will be impossible to
sustain it for the long term. So you will basically live out the
rest of your days in a cycle of yo-yo dieting - always obssessed
with your struggle against food.
diets like Weight Watchers and NutriSystem guard against this, by
ensuring your food intake will give you a sustainable slow but sure
path to weight loss.
Weight Watchers, you have total freedom to
eat what you want, as long as you keep the number of points you
consume in a certain range based on your current weight and gender.
Points are calculated based on the fat and calories in your food.
Some people love
this freedom, while others prefer diets with more structure. If
you know your next meal is at 7.00 pm, and it is already determined
what it will be, then you can just forget about it, and think of
something totally different.
However, a pitfall,
you may experience, if you have an unstructured diet, is that you
may find yourself spending a lot of time planning your next meal,
to use your allotted points to their greatest advantage. And the
more time you think about food, the more likely you are to start
feelings of craving.
This not only makes
the dieting process less pleasant, it also increases the chances
that you will cheat, or worse, stop the diet completely.
that reason, more and more people are now choosing a more structured
diet such as NutriSystem.
NutriSystem, you don't have to worry about weighing food, or counting
points. You just sit at home, and wait for delicious portion-controlled,
prepackaged food to be delivered to you.
have been operating for over thirty years now, and they have helped
millions of people lose weight. They offer free telephone and online
support, and also free membership.
offer a very useful free diet analysis on their site, where you
answer a few questions online, and they tell you how quickly you
can lose your first 5 lbs, how many calories you should eat each
day, and the number of weeks it will take you to reach your goal