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Which of These Diet Programs is the Best?

03/11/2009

Question:

Which of these diets, Physician`s Weight Loss Centers, MentaHealth Weight Management, and Advanced Weight Loss @Wellnss Of America, is the healthiest and wil produce the healthiest results?

Answer:

In my opinion, the program that is the healthiest and produces the best results is one that "fine tunes" your current diet. Following any "diet" usually radically changes the way you eat and may work temporarily, however it usually does not give you lasting results. Focusing on making small, gradual changes in your current diet and including exercise in your life is a more realistic way to achieve lifelong weight management success. When considering any diet program beware of these signs of a questionable diet method: (1) the promise of quick, easy weight loss (more than 1 to 2 pounds per week), (2) costly to use, (3) severely limits or restrict food choices, (4) restricts or eliminates one or more major nutrient or food groups, (5) inadequate in vitamins and minerals, (6) restricts calories to less than 1200 per day, (7) does not include exercise, (8) cites testimonials instead of valid scientific research, (9) doesn't recommend variety and moderation, (10) is only to be used for a set period of time, and (11) sounds too good to be true. A good reference book on the subject is " The Unofficial Guide to Dieting Safely" by Janis Jibrin, MS,RD. In her book she also cautions you to be skeptical of the following buzzwords: "breakthrough, melt fat, revolutionary, miracle, easy, detoxifying, food combining, and 30 pounds in 30 days." Some programs (such as Physician's Weight Loss Center's System V) include the use of weight-loss drugs such as "Meridia." Carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of using drugs. Be sure to discuss it thoroughly with your physician. Weight-loss drugs do have their place and are primarily used in conjunction with other treatment (i.e. reduced calorie diet and exercise). Typically, these drugs are prescribed for those people who have a body mass index greater than 30 (if no other health problems exist). To find out your body mass index (BMI) refer to the website below. A website address is also provided to find out more specifics about Meridia. Again, before considering a weight-loss diet and/or drug, please keep in mind that the goal of any good weight loss program is to lose body fat, preserve and/or increase muscle tone, and change your poor eating and exercise habits to good ones that you can live with for a LIFETIME. Therefore, you do not go "on a diet (or drug)" so that you can go off one. Instead, focus on adopting a new value system and a healthier lifestyle. This will help you avoid the feelings of disappointment, frustration, etc. from lapse and relapses. For more information on weight loss methods please refer to the websites listed below and browse other questions/answers on this site. Good luck to you! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Response by:

Jane   Korsberg, MS, RD, LD Jane Korsberg, MS, RD, LD
Senior Instructor of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University