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What questions should you ask when choosing a weight loss program?

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While you're choosing a program, ask these questions:

  • Does the staff include qualified counselors and health professionals such as registered dietitians, doctors, and exercise physiologists?
  • How limited are the food choices?
  • Who sets your weight loss goal: you, or someone else?
  • What percentage of people complete the program?
  • What is the average weight loss among people who finish the program and at one year?
  • What percentage of people have problems or side effects? What are those problems?
  • Is there a maintenance program to help keep the weight off once you lose it? Maintaining weight loss is important, so there should be a plan for this.
  • What is the total cost, including any foods or supplements that are required?

From: Choosing a Weight Loss Program WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program" and "Weight Loss for Life."

Mayo Clinic: "Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 28, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program" and "Weight Loss for Life."

Mayo Clinic: "Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 28, 2017

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