Drop the Diet: Weight Loss Programs Designed to Keep the Weight Off
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Drop the Diet: Weight Loss Programs Designed to Keep the Weight Off

I often like to joke that I was born overweight. Given that I have been on the chubby side for my entire life, it really is difficult to imagine what it is like to be at a healthy size. For those of us who have spent our entire lives going from diet plan to diet plan with little or no results, it’s easy to give up and accept that we’re always going to be overweight. 

The fact of the matter is that dieting never works. At least, it never works long term, and the 68% of overweight or obese American adults can attest to that. At best, diet results are often temporary and can lead to increased weight gain and nutrition deficiencies over time.

What ultimately helped me lose weight and keep it off was a weight loss program. This program provided me with a majority of my meals, was affordable, motivated me to eat better and exercise more, and introduced me to a food group called super-foods . The good news is that there are several affordable program options available to assist in weight loss and instill new eating and exercise habits. These programs include options like Jenny Craig, eDiets, Medifast, and Nutrisystem. 

These programs have been wildly successful among the weight loss crowd, yielding permanent results for all types of weight loss goals. Although marketed as weight loss plans, these programs are designed to teach individuals how to make healthy food choices and encourage physical activity in daily life. Each program is designed with permanent weight loss and lifestyle improvement in mind. Consult with your doctor before starting any weight loss program. 

Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig provide several program options for its customers ranging from gender to age to dietary limitations or restrictions. Based on those guidelines, pre-packaged and portioned food is delivered to your door on a monthly basis. Nutrisystem membership also include access to online weight management, menu control, a restaurant guide, a weight loss journal including a physical activity, and weight loss incentives which are rewarded for reaching weight loss milestones. Jenny Craig also provides similar resources and a weight loss consultant available by phone. Both programs boasts weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week.

eDiets differs from Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig, having over 20 programs to choose from. Each program is designed with specific goals and specifications. These include dietary restrictions, food preferences, as well as health convenience needs. Memberships also include access to nutritionists, fitness experts, and much more. Expected weight loss and cost varies from plan to plan.

Medifast works by reducing the total intake of calories per day. The program provides five pre-packaged meals each day along with guidelines on preparing a sixth meal. The menu consists of approximately 70 options, lower than what other programs offer, but offers weight loss and life style counseling upon reaching weight loss goals.

Choosing a program can be difficult, given the available options. Be sure to visit the programs website to check program affordability, advertised success rate, and plan and menus options. Also research the programs on consumer review sites to make an informed decision for your weight loss and lifestyle change. 

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