Choosing a safe weight-loss program

Published On: Apr 08 2013 10:47:06 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 03:05:45 PM CDT
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By Barbara Floria, Pure Matters

The not-so-secret secret to weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. This can be done safely and effectively by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, according to the Weight-Control Information Network, part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Although many people can lose weight on their own, others believe they'll be more successful if they enroll in a weight-loss program that provides support, information and diet and exercise guidelines.

Keep the following suggestions in mind when checking into weight-loss programs.

Essential elements

All weight-loss programs should encourage healthy behaviors that help you lose weight and maintain the weight loss over time.

They should include:

Questions to ask

Gather as much information as you can before deciding to join a program, and seek answers to the following questions.

What does the weight-loss program consist of?

What are the staff qualifications?

How much does the program cost?

What results do participants typically have?

Losing weight with the help of a program can be expensive but may be more effective than trying to do it on your own. Having answers to your questions can help you decide the best way for you to reach a healthy weight.

Source: http://resources.purematters.com/diet-nutrition/weight-loss/choosing-a-safe-weight-loss-program