Identifying the Right Weight-Loss Program For You

How to choose the right diet plan that will work best for your body.

| January 2003

Nearly everybody wants to lose weight. No matter how big or how small we are, it seems we always have a few pounds we’d like to shed. But, with all the weight-loss products and programs on the market today, how do you know what program to use?

When you think about it, it’s pretty simple. Do the sensible one. Select the program that doesn’t sound too good to be true or makes promises it couldn’t possibly keep. There are no “magic pills” that melt fat away or cause your body to suddenly look like you’ve been spending months in the gym working on your abs. Selecting the right weight-loss program for you depends upon your ability and desire to commit to change and take responsibility for what you eat.

You cannot keep eating the way you currently eat and expect your body to look any different than it currently does. A change in your body requires a change in your thinking as well as a change in your eating. Only you can be responsible for what you choose to put in your mouth. For the most part, you are well aware of what foods are good for you and which ones go straight to your thighs!

In all fairness, Americans are more overweight than ever before because we have been victimized by media misinformation. Just a few short years ago, we were told to eat unlimited high-volume, lowfat foods such as pastas, breads, and cereals. Unfortunately, this campaign was funded, for the most part, by industries who manufacture those kinds of foods. What we were not told, however, was that extensive exercise would also be needed if we ate a high-carbohydrate diet. Even fat-free bread will ultimately turn to fat on the body if the body is not active enough to burn up all the sugar (glucose) that carbs create. When you consider it takes fifteen minutes of jogging to burn off one slice of bread, and that the majority of Americans do not exercise regularly, is it any wonder that we are all growing at alarming rates with diabetes now at an all-time high?

So what do you do? Here are some steps.

1. Don’t diet. You will need to create an eating plan for yourself that fits into your lifestyle and can be maintained forever. Temporary change only provides for temporary results.

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