The new year promises innovative programs to help you lose weight. And no, you don’t need to buy the newest cycling / diet-booster / fat-melterasaurus to achieve your weight loss goals. All you need to do is log in.
Online programs have boomed over the last decade and are now a large part of the weight loss community. These programs were voted among the Top 10 Best Online Diet Services last year:
- Weight Watchers (gold award)
- South Beach
- Jillian Michaels
- DASH for Health
- Food Lovers Fat Loss System
- The Biggest Loser Club
- The Sonoma Diet
- Paleo Plan
Benefits of an online weight loss program
Joining an online program give the desired benefit of anonymity. Many who struggle with their weight feel embarrassed to take that first step into a gym with strangers who look like they’ve been working out their entire lives. With an online weight loss program, you can choose to join groups, or do it alone.
Risks of an online weight loss program
If you are brand new at healthy eating and exercising, be sure you sign up for a weight loss program that is effective, and safe. Too often, people will buy into fad diet plans, pills, and programs that offer extreme weight loss in a very short period of time. A program that will benefit you in the long-run will help you with your overall health, NOT recommend a crash diet.
What should I look for in an online weight loss program?
Here are a few things to look for when you start shopping around for a weight loss program:
- Sustainability after the program is over. The goal of losing weight is to keep it off. Make sure the plan provides tips to live a healthier lifestyle long after you have completed the program.
- Step-by-step guidelines to reach your health goals. Being told to “eat healthy” and “workout” are not guidelines. Learn the science behind healthy foods, how proper nutrition benefits your body, and what constitutes as moderate exercise (brisk walk around the block, anybody?)
- Realistic weight loss goals. Do not be fooled by programs that promise large amounts of weight loss in short periods of time—they are not safe. You want to lose weight slowly and steadily. Ideally, a safe amount to lose per week is between 0.5 and 2 lbs.
- Ongoing feedback. A proper program will provide you with ongoing monitoring of your successes and drawbacks, an evaluation of what you are eating and how much you are exercising, and of course, continued support throughout the duration of your program. You should have contact with a counselor or professional who is in touch with you weekly about your lessons.
What if I need extra support after the program?
If you are ready to lose weight and keep it off, search LocateADoc.com to talk to a doctor near you and ask for some suggestions about in-person or online weight loss support groups and classes.
To find more information on weight loss programs, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your weight loss questions.