We’re here to help! We know losing weight is no easy task. And that some of us need that extra help. That’s why we developed Weight-Loss-Clinics.org; to provide dieters with a no holds barred easy to use comprehensive directory with all of your local diet clinics listed in one place.
At any any one year, the majority of all Americans go on a diet to lose weight. While for many dieters, it is difficult to lose more than a few pounds, some do succeed in losing weight and keeping it off. This is where our easy to use and comprehensive guide can help you find your local weight loss clinic to get help in losing weight and keeping it off. Sometimes a professional or commercial weight loss clinic or program or even diet drugs can help. However, when considering a weight loss clinic or diet drugs and or joining a weight loss program, please choose wisely.
Almost any of the commercial weight loss programs can work but only if they motivate you sufficiently to change the way you eat or increase the amount of calories you burn through physical activity each day (or both).
What Should I Look for In a Weight Loss Clinic?
Make sure it is safe. Whether you create your own weight loss program or use a commercial one, make sure it is safe. A safe diet should include all of the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) for vitamins, minerals, and protein. The diet should be lower in calories (energy) only, not in essential vitamins or minerals. In general, a diet containing 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day should be selected for most women; a diet between 1,200 calories per day and 1,600 calories per day should be chosen for men, however, speak with your doctor first.
Slow, steady weight loss. The program should be directed toward slow, steady weight loss unless your doctor feels your health condition would benefit from more rapid weight loss. Expect to lose only about a pound a week after the first week or two. With many calorie-restricted diets, there is an initial rapid weight loss during the first one to two weeks, but this loss is largely fluid. The initial rapid loss of fluid also is regained rapidly when you return to a normal-calorie diet. Thus, a reasonable goal of weight loss should be expected. The rate of weight loss should be 1 pound to 2 pounds each week.
When inquiring about a commercial weight loss program, be sure you are provided with a detailed statement of fees and costs of additional items such as dietary supplements or foods. Other important questions to ask of any potential weight loss program include:
- Does the clinic staff consist of qualified diet doctors, counselors and health professionals such as registered dietitians, bariatric doctors, and exercise physiologists?
- Are weight loss targets set by the client and/or the health professional?
- What percentage of patients actually lose weight?
- 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 they?
- Is there a maintenance program to help keep the weight off once it’s lost?
If you plan to lose more than 15 pounds to 20 pounds, have any health problems, or take medication on a regular basis, your doctor should evaluate you before you start a weight loss program. A doctor can assess your general health and medical conditions that might be affected by dieting and weight loss.
Also, a doctor should be able to recommend appropriate programs and help you come up with a sensible weight loss goal. If you plan to use a very-low-calorie diet, you definitely should be examined and monitored by a doctor.