Weight Loss Programs

Written by Amy Hall
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Weight loss programs are a dime a dozen, as you probably well know if you have not been living under a rock for the last few years. There are the famous low carb diets, such as the Atkins and Zone diets, which seem to be taking center stage. It is not uncommon to turn on the television at night and hear all about celebrities eating low carb foods to maintain their svelte figures.

Then there are Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers diets, which emphasize portion control and completely disregard the big push to eat low carb foods. The point is, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which weight loss programs are beneficial and have merit to their claims, and which are just fad diets that don't work for the long haul. As always, you should discuss weight loss options with your physician before embarking on any diet plan, as certain diets may not be good for you specifically.

Weight Loss Programs that Work

More than likely, you have been given lots of advice from well-meaning friends and family members, about the benefits and risks associated with the various weight loss programs. Everyone seems to have an opinion about which is better: high carb/low fat diets vs. low carb/high protein diets. If you are overweight, you have probably tried a few out for yourself only to discover that you could not stick to them.

Most doctors and nutritionists agree on one thing: if you consume more calories than you burn, you will get fat. Furthermore, the consensus among medical doctors and dietitians is that a balanced diet is what you should strive for, which includes lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and fish, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and limited fats. Omitting one entire group from your diet will starve your body of proper nutrition which contains the vitamins and minerals that you need to live. Talk to your physician if you want help losing weight, because a medical opinion is the best opinion of all.


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