Statistics have shown that about 37% of Americans are overweight and that the leading cause of death in America is associated with poor dietary habits. Many Americans consume food that is usually high in cholesterol, fat, calories, sodium and low on fiber. This poor eating habit is a major contributor to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease.
There are, however, tons upon tons of weight loss programs out there, to help tackle the issue of overweight. Even though there is all this help, some people still struggle with choosing an option that will work for them. Lets face it, losing weight and keeping it off can be a major challenge. So which weight loss programs are getting the buzz and are actually working? Here is a list of a few:
Weight Watchers has been one of the leading weight loss programs since the 1960's. This program equips you with skills to control your eating behavior and focuses on long term weight loss and weight management. The program uses calorie control and an eating plan that works with your lifestyle.
With Weight Watchers you are not restricted from eating the foods that you like, however each food is given points based on the level of calorie, fat and fiber that it contains. Each member of the program, on a daily basis, is expected to eat the food that totals a given amount of points. The points you are allowed to take in per day is based on your body weight and your activity level.
The program also focuses on foods that leave you feeling fuller for longer hours. These foods are usually high in fiber, water, and lean protein. Members are encouraged to be active and their activity level is translated into points.
They also have a support system whereby members can get the support they need from others - either online or through community group meetings.
The Best Life Diet
This diet aims at transforming old eating and exercising habits into new ones for the long term. The program is divided into three phases which are designed to prepare your body for weight loss. Phase one's objective is to gradually increase activity level and restructures your eating habits. While Phase two is a more aggressive approach focusing on losing weight through control of hunger and dietary changes. This phase is an extension of phase one. Phase three focuses on maintaining a healthy diet and keeping the weight off by removing more unhealthy foods and adding wholesome ones.
Green, the exercise psychologist of The Best Life Diet, has placed the 'Best Life' seal on foods considered to be healthy. So you can look out for this seal the next time you go shopping.
The Structure House Weight Loss Plan
Structure House is a residential program for overweight patients, founded by Dr. Gerard Musante in 1977. This program has been named one of America's healthiest diets by Health.com and it has helped thousands of people achieve long term weight loss by changing their eating habits. The program trains dieters to control their eating habit and to change their relationship with food.
However for those who are unable to attend a weight loss facility that costs thousands of dollars, you can purchase 'The Structure House Weight Loss Plan' book which focuses on the same principles of Structure House. The book teaches you how to calculate your calorie needs based or your age, weight and other factors. The calories calculated are then converted into number of servings for the different food groups. You are then asked to keep using the stipulated amount of servings daily.
Each individual makeup is different; a dieting program may be right for me but not for you. For me an effective diet program is one that lets you lose the weight and keep it off. The weight loss programs mentioned above focuses on natural weight loss techniques and are designed with each individual in mind. So which one is right for you? You decide. Try it and if it works, stick with the plan.