Communal weight loss programs: Lifestyle changes and psychosocial treatments
The dangers of being obese, to say the least, is life threatening. That is why efforts are being made to find a lasting solution. One of the ways is through communal weight loss programs also known as group weight loss. From the experts’ desk at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD it is important to appreciate that even the slightest weight loss either individually or in a group weight loss, can reduce the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. The simplest method to weight loss is by dropping calories and exercising at least 2.5 hours weekly. Behavioral and mental changes in eating habits, physical activity, and attitudes about food and weight are also essential to weight management.
Communal weight loss programs: Some tips for losing weight
The following are some general suggestions for dieters:
- Collectively in a group weight loss program, desire to start with genuine objectives. Diet failure is extremely common, and the odds of significant weight loss are low, particularly in people with the highest weights. People, who are able to restrict calories, engage in an exercise program, and get help in making behavioral changes can expect to lose 5 – 10% of their current body weight. That is generally all that is needed to achieve meaningful health changes. Certainly, the distorted image of a super-thin female shape should not be anyone’s goal.
- Don’t give up, even after repeated weight loss failures. Most studies indicate that yo-yo dieting or weight cycling have no bad psychological or physical effects. Repeated dieting also does not harm the body’s ability to burn calories efficiently.
- Once the pounds are lost, do your best to keep the healthier weight. Make daily, even hourly, conscious decisions about eating and exercising activities. Such thinking, in many cases, can become automatic and not painful.
- Do not use hunger pangs as cues to eat. A stomach that has been stretched by large meals will continue to signal hunger for large amounts of food until its size reduces over time with smaller meals.
- Be honest about how much you eat and start by recording all calories in writing. Many people significantly underestimate their consumption of high-calorie foods and overestimate intake of low-calorie foods. People who do not carefully note everything they eat tend to take in too many calories when they believe they are dieting.
- Observe weekend eating. People tend to eat more on the weekends. If it is difficult to monitor all meals during the week, it may be useful to at least track eating habits during the weekends.
- Weight loss, in any case, should not be the only or even the primary goal for people concerned about their health. The success of weight loss efforts should be evaluated according to improvements in disease risk factors or symptoms, and by the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits, not just by the number of pounds lost.
- Maintain a regular exercise program, assuming you have no health problems that will stop you. Choose a program that you enjoy. Check with your doctor about any health considerations.
Finally, the list above is essential in helping make the right choices in your desire to lose. Communal weight loss programs works well but without commitment, nothing much will be achieved. Doctor Akoury will be of great help should you chose to call her today.