Hello all! I hope you’re having a productive start to the week. As of today I’m gearing up to head back to school tomorrow (or technically Wednesday since I don’t have classes Tuesday). Come May I’ll officially be done with my DPD coursework (party time!) – and after spending six years in school at that point I’m so ready for the internship and a transition to online learning. It definitely won’t be easier, but being in a classroom has become tiring after all this time.
Anyways, as of today we’re more than halfway into January, and many of us are halfway into the first month of our New Year’s resolutions. I thought it might be a great time to share a neat little checklist that can be used to evaluate various weight loss plans. The best part is that it’s a general list anyone can use no matter what sort of plan they’re following! You can find the list here, but I thought it also might be easy if I included the list right in this post too (all criteria are from the Canadian Obesity Network’s website).
- Your weight loss plan is individualized to YOU, and all components (diet, exercise, etc.) can be tailored to fit your needs.
- Qualified healthcare professionals provide all nutritional advice.
- Physical activity is introduced gradually (if you are new to exercise), or at the very least it is strongly encouraged to do some sort of physical activity.
- Reasonable weight loss goals are set: 1-3 pounds per week. Drastic weight reduction is not a part of the program.
- To begin the weight loss plan you don’t need to front large amounts of money or sign a binding contract you cannot get out of.
- The plan doesn’t promote sustaining yourself on <800 calories a day at all, or <1200 calories a day unless a healthcare professional is supervising you.
- Your plan doesn’t require you to purchase supplements, vitamins, injections, or any other “miracle” products.
- No crazy claims are made (aka: targeting problem areas, losing only fat, losing 100 pounds in a month, etc.).
- Because maintenance is often more difficult than weight loss, the program has an effective maintenance program already set in place to help you when you reach that point.
- You can easily get statistics from the program including the average amount of weight lost by clients, how many clients drop out, how much of their weight loss clients sustain during maintenance, etc.
Does your weight loss program hit ALL of these components? If not you should reevaluate. Remember, your weight loss program isn’t just something you’re doing to drop the pounds quickly, it’s something you want to turn into a lifestyle. This checklist can help you ensure that what you’re choosing to do is something that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle to promote healthy habits in the future.
Keep up all that excellent work on your New Year’s resolutions everyone!