Monday, August 23, 2010

How To - Healthy Living - Week 8 - Sometimes You Need Professional Help

Hi Friends,
I'm continuing on my weight loss journey and I'm glad to report that this week I lost 2 pounds making it 7.5 lost with 22.5 to go.  Yea for this week, but oh it is so slow.

The one thing that I know helped me this week is I got started back up with Weight Watchers.  Mike and I are both lifetime members and I try not to let my weight creep up so much.  It was past time to get back on track.

It's frustrating.  I know what to eat.  I know how to eat.  Heck, I even used to be a nurse for Physicians Weight Loss Centers.  Knowing what to do and actually doing it are two different things.  It makes me very frustrated with myself that I have to pay for a service that I am quite knowledgeable about and could do it if I'd just try.

Sometimes though, we just need to call in the big guns and pay for a little bit of help.  Using a weight loss program has some real benefits even if we feel we can do it on our own.

One of the best benefits is if you do not have knowledge in nutrition, most programs will teach you.  You will gain lots of information about foods regarding healthy eating and healthy dieting.

It makes us more accountable.  Sometimes putting down the almighty dollar helps us stick with a program.

It gets us on track with really looking at what and how much we are eating.

There are many weight loss programs out there and I'm not going to tell you which one is right for you should you decide to take this route.  I will tell you though that when looking into a program, look for one that you can live with.  Does eating only prepackaged food fit your needs so you don't need to weigh and measure?  Is flexibility in a program important to you?  Do you have specific allergies or aversions that would make a program difficult to stick with?  Does the program make sense?  Is it easy to follow?  Do you need medical guidance to help you with your weight loss?  Did a registered dietitian help set up this program so that it is balanced?  Does the hours that the weight loss center is open fit into your schedule?  How about cost?  Perhaps you are on the road and need a program that is in many cities or how about an online program.  There are even programs you can follow by reading books.

These are all questions to consider when looking at using a weight loss program.  Weight loss programs are a multi billion dollar industry.and as I said, there are many of them out there.  On most of them, you will lose weight if you just follow it.  Some though are not a safe form of weight loss.  A good thing to do is take a friend with you when considering a program.  He/She can look at it unbiased and give you some good advice if it doesn't sound like it is on the up and up.  Also, if you are trying to decide between 2 or 3 programs, just ask your doctor which they would recommend as well.  Your doctor certainly has your best interest at heart.

As always, link up your healthy living post below and lets get healthy together!
Nancy

3 comments:

the country cook said...

So true! I personally love Weight Watchers. My mom has used their help to lose over 80 pounds, and what I love about them is that it's NOT prepackaged foods. They teach you how to make good choices in the real world, using food that you already like to eat. That made the weight loss so easy to maintain. I'll always be a fan!

Ilisa said...

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Also, if you are looking for a great resource for living a healthy lifestyle in general, you should look at http://www.sheerbalance.com. They provide great tips on fitness, nutrition, eco-living, mental wellbeing and more. You should check it out.

Us said...

Good luck on your weight loss journey. Nothing is more effective than a little support. :)

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