Guidelines for a Slimmer, Healthier You

Most people consider losing weight as an equation. The biggest factor that guides it is the number of calories in every food that is taken in so much that it became an equation of its own. Eat more calories, the more weight you gain, the less you eat, the more you lose.

People’s obsession with losing weight has cost them plenty. In fact, it has been estimated that Americans alone spend $42 billion a year on anything that promises them to lose weight regardless if these are food, products, or services. This spending has encouraged others to develop various diets and other products that promises to do what they hoped to do.

With so many in diets and weight management fads already in the mainstream, it has become increasingly difficult to reinforce which ones are truth, and which ones are, as its name suggests, fads.

Guidelines for a Slimmer, Healthier You

In response to this, the Partnership for Healthy Weight Management outlined Voluntary Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products or Services developed to promote products and strategies to help maintain or develop a healthy lifestyle with the aim of losing or maintaining weight.

These guidelines fall under different categories. The first category is labeled as modifications in the individual’s behavior. This normally includes dietary interventions and physical activity.

What these two dictates is promoting healthy eating by reducing calorie intake, or at least, monitor it, increase in healthy food choices such as fruits and vegetables, and lastly, increase in the frequency and the intensity of one’s physical activity.

The second category deals with medical interventions, along with medications and surgery. Based on the guidelines that were posted, these interventions should only be chosen when for more serious cases of obesity.

When coming up with a plan to lose weight, it is vital that you include ways of maintaining your new weight because nothing is more disheartening than regaining the weight that you worked so hard to lose.

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the better ways to maintain the weight that you achieved. Unfortunately, most of the diet that is being promoted are fads. These are those who promises quick results with short time commitments.

Guidelines for a Slimmer, Healthier You

Luckily, the guideline also outlines how to detect fad diets, and this includes the following:

• A promise of quick weight loss
• Separating good food from bad food
• Target calorie intake of less than 1,000 a day
• Elimination of a food group
• Lack of randomized studies and results that could back-up their claim
• Taking out essential nutrients
• Elimination of exercise from the routine
• Created by an individual without expertise in managing weight
• Requiring you to take supplements or food products

If the diets that you are currently using fall under any of these categories, then you should reconsider making use of them. Everything sounds good, until something goes wrong. Health complications may happen, and you will only have yourself to blame.

Losing weight has been a key factor in maintaining good health. However, you always have to make sure that you are eating right and moving right, otherwise, none will come out of it other than your health worsening.