Losing weight will always be a challenge and choosing the right program or a combination of programs is going to be different for different people.
To make it easier many have turned to surfing the internet. Whilst it is certainly a valuable tool it can also be very frustrating.
Incredibly the weight loss industry, just in the United States, is worth in the vicinity of $33 billion. Not surprisingly everyone is trying to grab their share of the market and as a result we face a continual battle to try and select the legitimate programs and more importantly avoid scammers who are always chasing the easy dollar.
I believe the key to avoiding negative outcomes is to have some idea what you are looking for before you start researching. It is easy to become confused when you start surfing the internet and if you are not careful you can end up more confused than you where when you started.
I would recommend you focus on some key outcomes you want from the program before you start looking around.
What amount of weight do I really want to lose?
Your task will be different depending on how much weight you intend to lose. At the end of your program you are going to feel so much better but the methods you chose to get there will be different depending on the amount of weight you wish to lose. Under normal circumstances the amount of weight you lose will determine just how long the program will go for. Choosing a program you will be able to run the distance with, is important.
What do I want to spend to lose this weight?
One of the easiest options people chose, is to select a program that specializes in pre-packaged healthy meals that are delivered to your door. These are generally very expensive. Those people who tend towards these options generally have a busy lifestyle and do not mind the fact it impacts the purse or wallet. My concern is that people will take on a plan that will strain the budget and therefore reduce the chances of completing the program.
Am I looking at a short or long-term reduction?
Am I looking to change my lifestyle on a permanent basis. Losing weight for a special occasion has merit and many people do it with great success. Choosing a short-term goal reduction program is great as long as you know that the chances of you regaining the weight and possibly more weight, are pretty high. Will it happen....guaranteed.
The other choice you have is to consider a longer term fix to your weight issues, but this may require a total lifestyle change, depending on the amount of weight you wish to lose.
Do I want to try weight loss pills?
If you decide on adding weight loss pills to your program please don't rely on them solely to do the job. In many cases weight loss pills will help you lose weight but they will struggle if you retain poor eating habits while taking them.
Do not expect to take a pill or two a day and wait for the weight to drop off. Whilst the manufacturer might say they will work like this, they will not. There are a couple of types of weight loss pills you can choose from. Fat burners or appetite suppressants. If you are an uncontrollable eater then a suppressant is the one for you but if you have just gained weight over a long period then you will do better with a fat burner diet pill.
Would I prefer a membership program?
Do I need some external support in the form of a weight loss community. Joining a membership program will likely offer many benefits including access to great recipes and weight loss tips. In many instances they can provide on-line tracking to assist you maintain a record of your weekly progress. There is great support in numbers as well.
How much commitment am I prepared to make?
Make a decision right from the start, how much effort you are going to make. Come to terms with what your commitment to your goals will be. Choosing a program which does not include exercise will make it harder to achieve your desired outcomes. Doing a diet and not exercising is not very successful in the long-term.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with combining a couple of options.
There is certainly lots to be gained by combining the consumption of weight loss pills with any of the choices you make provided you pick the right one for you based on what I have said in Question 4. Using weight loss pills in conjunction with exercise and good eating can certainly aid faster weight loss. Make sure you do some research before you start out and steer away from the full chemical compound formula pills. Decatrim, for example is a good natural fat burner. There are some good Decatrim reviews on the internet.
So.....decide what your goals are, start doing your research and then reap the rewards. Good luck.