With millions of Americans in a desperate quest to lose weight, the market has responded with a multitude of products and services, many promising miraculous weight loss and quick-fix remedies. Billions of dollars are spent on these over-the-counter weight loss products and services, many of which make false claims and are worthless to you. So why do we continue to waste our money on these programs? Are any of them really worth it?
Finding a healthy weight loss program that suits your lifestyle and budget, but most importantly one that effectively works, is all it should take to convince you that your money is well spent. The best way however, to determine if your program is worth the cost, is by examining its features.
These days, there are more and more online weight loss programs available, which are designed for overweight and obese individuals with hectic schedules that may not allow them time to attend local program meetings. Many dieters seek out these organized programs, because they have tried numerous times to lose weight and failed, as a result of not having a support system in place. One of the most beneficial features of joining an organized group, is the support network. Those of you with a substantial weight loss goal, will find your challenge even greater, and it will be even more critical for you to surround yourself with positive people. An organized program can offer you this additional support and structure that is unobtainable on your own. Having someone hold you accountable, is going to be the key to your success.
In determining whether this weight loss program is not only perfect for your needs, but well worth the cost, you need to ensure that the features available will play a big part in your weight loss journey. Why pay for benefits that are worthless to you? Here are some important features that you will want and should have access to:
- Support network or online community: The online community is comprised of message boards and forums, and is a way for you to communicate with other weight loss program members, compare notes, goals and support each other through your weight loss journey.
- Healthy Eating Section: Almost all weight loss experts agree that the key to long-term weight management lies in permanent lifestyle changes that include a nutritious diet, one moderate in calories, and regular exercise. Changing bad eating habits and acquiring new healthy ones is the first step to successful weight loss, so it seems reasonable that a quality weight loss program would provide a "Healthy Eating" section; one that includes healthy alternatives to junk food, quick and healthy recipes, and where to buy healthy nutritious foods.
- Fitness Section: This may include an outline of exercises or workouts for all levels; beginners, intermediate and advanced, videos, photos or detailed directions as to the correct form, workout items to have on hand, and where to purchase these helpful fitness aids.
- Calorie Counter: This may be a chart that lists nutritional data and information, calorie counts, fat content, fiber content, protein content and much more. It may outline how many calories burned with various cardiovascular exercises or outdoor activity.
These are just a few of the many features that can help you determine whether a program is worth the cost to you. Now this doesn't mean that successful weight loss is impossible for you if you are not part of a program. On the contrary, with a combination of will power and self-motivation, you can achieve anything. The difference is, that when you are a part of a program and community of people like-minded, there is a peer support and peer pressure that can give you the motivating strength you need to overcome any and all obstacles.
So, are weight loss programs really worth it? A program that encourages a sensible nutritious diet, one that is flexible, promotes a lifestyle of exercise and a positive attitude, is a program that will be effective and one worth every penny.