The most effective weight loss programs

The most effective weight loss programs

What are the most effective weight loss programs?  This is a question that doesn’t have an easy answer.  When you think of what “effectiveness” means you’ll probably notice its easier to for you to think of what it means to you.  The effectiveness is based on your weight loss goals, your habits, your sex, your genes…the list goes on and on.  Since every aspect of life affects every other aspect in some form or another, effectiveness must be 100% based on the individual.

I’m not going to give you a list of programs I have judged to be effective since I only know what has worked for myself.  If you’d like to see some general reviews of specific programs visit our blog.  The rest of this page is intended to help you figure out which type of diet will work for you.

So, how do you match up a weight loss program to your needs?

The most effective weight loss programs

First, let’s assume your priority is weight loss.  The next two questions are both very important. What kind of weight loss do you want and what are (or aren’t) you willing to sacrifice?  ALL weight loss programs claim you’ll lose weight, that’s a given.  Some stress portion control while others focus on food groups.  Some focus on suppressing the appetite (usually with supplements) while others use supplements intended to increase the metabolism. Some promise rapid results, while some are slower, claiming more permanent results.

So, what will or won’t you sacrifice? It would seem that restrictions in diets are inevitable.  Here is a list of types of weight loss methods/programs and their “biggest” limitations or restrictions.

  • Full liquid diets – you must sacrifice solid foods. (duh)
  • Appetite suppressants – taking a drug doesn’t permanently change your habits or cravings
  • Metabolism boosters (not fat blockers) – not as consistent person to person, and not a permanent change.
  • Carb cutting plans (e.g. the Atkins Diet) – You must drastically cut down on bread, pasta, cereal, potatoes, rice, sugar and many other foods.
  • Prepackaged meal plans (e.g. Nutrisystem) – You have to eat the food they provide and it can be pricey.
  • Meal replacements – Can be hard to stay on for long periods of time.
  • “Lifestyle Programs” (e.g. Weight Watchers) – You have to change more than just your diet, and the weight loss happens more slowly.
  • Hypnotism – there are no guarantees and it only seems to work for a minority of users
  • Counseling/personal assistance – for one on one assistance you can expect to pay a lot.
  • Calorie shifting (e.g. Fat Loss 4 Idiots) and counting – you have to strictly monitor your intake and results can be underwhelming.
  • Liposuction – Its expensive, temporary, physically invasive and can leave the loose flabby skin.
  • Stomach staples/gastric bypass – very expensive and very invasive (surgery)

This should help you narrow down your choices.  Take the ones that are left and investigate them further (still based on their downsides, not their pros) until you are left with a list of methods all of which you would be willing or able to do.

Continue to investigate the types of diets based on what you can find on forums.  The reason to look at the negatives about a weight loss program as opposed to the positives is simple.  When someone is selling a product, their main goal is sales, not necessarily promoting the best product.  Unfortunately, they are the source of most any positive criticism you’ll find.  When something is said negatively about a program type or a specific program, it is often the result of an actual experience.  What is said negatively is generally more reliable since you know they’re not in it for the money (it should be easy to tell when they are trying to sell a product by discrediting others and it is discouraged by many web indexes, which sellers rely on.)

Once you have narrowed it down to the particular type of weight loss plan, its time to pick a specific program.  This is where looking for negative reviews is the most important.  Just make sure you’re not judging the program based on how much negative stuff you can find on it but by what kind of negative stuff you find the most.

Here are some search strings you can plug into Google and other search engines to get results while filtering a lot of the sales pages:

“weight loss” plans OR programs -”low price of” -”free shipping” -order
“weight loss” -”order now” -”introductory price” -sale
“weight loss” review forum -”order now” -”introductory price” -sale
“weight loss” review forum -”order now” -”introductory price” -sale

At this point, you should have a much better idea of what program is best for you, even if you haven’t decided on one in particular.  I hope these tips and guidelines help you find the best and most effective weight loss program for your needs.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your research!

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