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It is common for those interested in losing weight to seek out assistance through a weight loss program. But with so many weight loss programs available, it can be difficult to choose the right one. It is important to be aware of certain red flags that may indicate a weight loss program is not safe or effective. In this blog post, we will discuss a few common red flags to look out for.
Common Red Flags- The Program:
"Does not promote or encourage long-term realistic lifestyle changes."
Many people who follow restrictive short-term diets often regain the weight they lost (or more) once they return to their normal eating habits. When it comes to improving our health, it's important to seek out changes that will help support and balance both your short- AND long-term goals. Rather than solely focusing on weight loss, consider incorporating personalized lifestyle factors that support overall balance and wellness.
"Promotes weight loss herbs or supplements with limited scientific evidence or have not been proven to be safe."
With limited research and evidence on certain herbs and supplements, this can become costly and could potentially lead to serious health complications if not careful.
"Recommends a very low-calorie diet plan without medical supervision and the education and advice is not provided by a qualified healthcare professional."
Resorting right away to a low-calorie diet can have a confusing and negative effect on your body. It is important to seek medical supervision, transition slowly and discuss your nutrient needs with a registered dietitian who can help you optimize your nutritional intake to reduce your risk of malnutrition and support your long-term health goals.
"Encourages you to cut out essential nutrients."
To ensure your best possible health outcome, it is very important to include essential nutrients into your nutritional goals. These nutrients are optimal for disease prevention, growth, and overall good health.
"Tries to make you dependent on their company's products and/or promise weight loss without healthy eating or exercise."
Always be aware of the weight loss program's vision and goals for their company and you as an individual. Ensure that their goals match yours. It is important to have flexibility, reassurance, and reliability throughout the process.
Look for programs that focus on sustainable lifestyle changes and individualization, and be cautious of programs that promise rapid weight loss or require the elimination of entire food groups. With the right approach, weight loss programs can be an effective tool to support your health and wellness goals.