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Choosing a Weight-Loss Program

Overview

If you decide to join a weight-loss program, here are some questions to ask before you join:

  • Does the program provide counseling?
  • Is the staff qualified?
  • Will the weight stay off? The program should help you get past common problems in keeping the weight off. This help could include things like setting up a support system.
  • What can you eat? The program should consider your food likes and dislikes and your lifestyle.
  • What type of exercise will you do?
  • What are the risks? Find out if there are side effects from using the program.
  • Does it work? What percentage of people get to the maintenance phase of the program?
  • What is the total cost? Are there fees or costs for tests, food, or dietary supplements?

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Credits

Current as of: May 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator