How to Choose the Best Weight Loss Program for You
When you’re looking for the right weight loss plan for you, here’s what you need to look out for so you get the best solution and results for your health and goals.
There’s an overwhelming number of weight loss programs out there.
Some you can go through alone, while others give you much more support.
If you’ve decided you want to find support for your weight loss goals…you’re making the best decision to make your weight loss goals a reality—truly.
There’s growing research that shows the power of having a support network and the guidance of professionals to help you reach your weight loss goals faster.
But knowing how helpful support is doesn’t help you narrow down your options. There are so many programs and clinics that offer such services—how do you know which one to pick?
Your best bet for finding a weight loss program that’s worth your time and money means looking for the right things. Like professionals who care, accountability, and a track record of success.
Here’s what you should look for and ask about before signing up for any weight loss program to make sure you choose the right option and see results.
What you’ll find in the best weight loss programs
They aren’t selling miracles
We’ll be the first to admit how marvelous it would be if there was a miracle option for weight loss.
But even on our fastest diets and weight loss programs, there’s still a level of commitment and dedication you must stick to.
And that’s going to be true to get results out of anything to make a long-term change to your body and health.
So be wary of anyone saying they’ve found a “secret” or their patients experience miracle weight loss.
You benefit from working with doctors, nutritionists, and fitness professionals who understand the science behind how your body works and can give you the best, safest options for your weight loss goals.
They won’t promise the impossible and will be real with you about what you can achieve in a given amount of time.
That’s not to say there aren’t options to lose weight fast. There are. But they aren’t secrets that the rest of the medical community won’t be aware of.
They offer professional guidance
If you want support, you want to seek out help from a doctor or other weight loss specialist. Someone who has studied the science behind weight gain and weight loss.
As tempting as it may be just follow the same plan that worked for your friend or family member, they aren’t an expert and they can only tell you anecdotally what worked for them. And sometimes it may not even be a fully accurate picture of what they went through.
Here are some things that the right professionals will factor in when they meet you to determine your path forward.
The best weight loss program for you depends on your health history. If you have allergies or certain medical conditions, then some weight loss programs will be better for you than others.
A real professional is going to go over your health history. They won’t prescribe a solution without knowing what your body might be sensitive to or what could cause complications.
Past challenges and successes with weight loss
Similarly to your health history, finding the best solution for weight loss will depend on what factors contributed to weight gain in the first place. The reason losing weight isn’t easy is because it’s connected to so much in our history, long-term habits, and beliefs about ourselves and food.
And on top of that, it’s important to consider what you have tried in the past. What has been particularly difficult and what is easier for you to manage?
Some people have an easier time with intuitive eating while others thrive with more structure and restrictive diets.
When the key is to create long-term health changes, a professional can help you see what works well in your weight loss plans versus what doesn’t serve you.
It’s often easier for them to do so as an outside third-party observer. Whereas we tend to often overlook our own failures and successes. Usually because of how connected we feel each up and down in our progress.
By factoring in all of your health history, challenges, and successes, a professional can draft the right program for your goals.
Everyone has different health goals. And a healthy weight will be different for everyone. So a professional will listen to your health goals and give you the right plan to get there.
Support is one of the most helpful pieces for anyone on a weight loss journey.
But not all support is equal. You want a support team that’s an interactive part of your success. That shows up and takes initiative, and encourages you to do the same.
Here’s what the right kind of support for achieving weight loss looks like:
It’s not easy to lose weight. And we know that the more you want to lose, the harder it is.
That’s why being held accountable is so helpful to get you there.
On the right program, you’ll have someone to check in on a regular basis. Someone who can keep you on track, remind you why you started, and encourage you when you want to give up. This kind of accountability is one of the biggest factors that make it easier to lose weight when you work with a weight loss professional.
Losing weight is never as simple as “eat less, exercise more.” If it was, no one would struggle with their weight.
That’s why you need someone who understands what you’re going through. Maybe they’ve been where you are before. Or through all their research and work in weight loss they deeply understand what you face and how challenging it is.
You deserve someone who understands the ups and downs of your journey and won’t make you feel like a failure when you make a mistake every once in a while.
The right program will help you learn how to make long-term goals a reality.
When you decide to lose weight, you want to do it for the long term, right?
The way you make these changes stick is with the right knowledge and strategy that you can one day implement without the same level of support.
The best weight loss professionals explain to you every step of the way why they’re making certain recommendations and how you can keep this strategy going for the long term.
Why work with us at Valley Medical Weight Loss
We know how challenging it is to lose weight, but we also know how to inspire and motivate you so you can achieve those goals.
We provide a range of services for our patients and what we suggest always depends on where they’re starting out and where they want to end up.
Here’s what patients have said about working with us:
- “What an AMAZING experience I have had here at Valley Medical Weight Loss. Everyone from the check in process up to meeting the doctor was simply, easy and stress free…” – German C.
- “I am down 12 pounds and have only been at it 2 weeks. The B12 and the fat blockers give you energy and leave you feeling refreshed.. More than the pounds that disappear, the inches disappear! If you are like me, you may not know where to start when trying to eat healthy. No worries. They will help you with meal suggestions and planning.” – Amy R.
- “I’ve been eating healthy and exercising regularly but felt like I needed some extra help. I’ve been going for a month and can see the difference! The doctor I saw was so informative and everyone on staff is knowledgeable and supportive.” – Danielle B.
The reason our clients have great results is that they get accountability from knowledgeable and compassionate doctors every step of the way.
Many of our patients keep the weight off because our doctors teach them how to live a healthy life in a way that’s empowering and enjoyable.
We want to see you reach the weight that makes you feel like yourself and be able to stay there for the rest of your life.
We know there are scientifically-backed ways to lose weight faster than you could alone. Based on your health history, goals, and current needs, we create the right program for you. This may include injections or it may not. It might include a more restrictive diet, or one with intuitive or flexible eating. Some of our clients exercise a lot (and discover they enjoy it!) while others do light exercise they found to enjoy.
The point is that we have the capacity to the best weight loss program for you. One that will get you results and that you can enjoy in the process.
When you’re ready to get the support you deserve for your weight loss goals, visit your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss center to see how we can help you.
By Jodi Jaffe
April 15, 2021