Beginning a new diet?
Are you researching diet plans or getting started on a new meal plan for weight loss?
If you find yourself resolving to lose weight this year, you are certainly not alone. Beginning a new exercise program can be a little intimidating. According to recent statistics, more than half of Americans are overweight. If you're planning to try one of the myriad weight loss plans on the market you may be feeling a little uneasy about now. There are so many choices today that the thought of finding the one that's right for you can be overwhelming. Before you begin the decision-making process, there are a few things you should know and do.
Starting a new diet?
First up, you should make an appointment with your health care professional before starting any weight loss program. Chances are your doctor will have some common sense advice for you: the best way to lose weight is to follow a balanced and unbiased meal plan fitting your caloric needs so that you can be more physically active; he may also suggest a fitness program that incorporates consistent exercise or maybe a consultation with an approved meal plan provider.
What are your goals and limitations?
If your doctor is more concerned about your health being impacted by your weight, or, you have a high amount of weight to lose, he or she may suggest more intensive measures such as prescription medications or surgery. You should take plenty of time to research these methods, as they carry significant risk factors and ultimately it is up to you to decide if the potential risks outweigh the benefits.
Have you examined a new meal plan closely?
If you are ready to take the first step towards joining a weight loss program, pat yourself on the back! The first step is often the most difficult. But before you sign on the dotted line, you need to arm yourself by being a savvy shopper and knowing the right questions to ask. After all, you're the customer and before you fork over your cash, you need to know exactly what you'll be getting in return. Here are some easy initial questions to ask:
- What is involved in following this program?
- How many calories will I consume daily?
- Are any foods "forbidden" or "bad"?
- What types of foods will I be eating most often?
- Does the plan include physical activity?
- Is the plan suited to the primary elements of my lifestyle?
- Is the food plan permanent or does it change as I lose weight?
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Getting the answers to these questions will give you some idea of what day-to-day eating will be like on the program. Be sure to ask any questions that come to mind and don't be afraid to take notes. Examine the answers for anything that appears to be questionable.
Examples of red flags are the permanent exclusion of entire food groups, herbal supplements that "must" be included for the plan to work, or too few calories. Also be on the lookout for the omission of exercise. Any sensible weight loss plan should encourage increased physical activity. Now that you are armed with questions to ask about a new diet program, take a moment to consult with us to learn more about our safe, well balanced, convenient weight loss programming.