How many times have you dieted and how many weight loss plans fads have you tried?

Most likely with each one you may have thought “this would be it…the last one I’ll have to ever choose,” right?  And again, most likely, you were disappointed to soon discover that here you are again, in the same place, faced with that same decision again to make..which weight loss program to go with.

Or picture this:  You put a simple post on social media about losing weight or you want to feel better or something similar and the comments start pouring in, offering every weight loss/fat loss home remedy, latest trend or this-is-what-worked-for-me advice.

Sound familiar?

Throughout my 30 years in both sick healthcare and wellness care, two questions and concerns I hear on a regular basis regarding weight loss programs are “what does it cost” and “how do I know which weight loss plan should I choose”.

While you’ll find that most weight loss management programs charge for their services, it’s not only because of the value and knowledge they give, but more importantly, based on the results they provide. How valuable are the results you’ll receive from that program?  

How to Choose the Right Weight Loss Plan for Women Over 40 - What you need to know!

So before you choose yet another magic, end-all diet plan, here are questions you should be asking so you know you’re choosing the best weight loss plan, especially for women over 40.

Is the program sustainable? 

Is it “easy” enough or manageable enough to do forever?  While many programs offer quick fixes and while yes, many of them actually work…ask are they short term or is this something you could do for a lifetime?

Are there strict rules or lists to follow?  Will you ever ‘be allowed’ to indulge again or enjoy cake and ice cream at your next birthday party?  Will you feel guilty if you wander from the ‘rules’ at all?  Will you have to always cook two different meals–one for you and one for your spouse? You get where I’m going with this, right?

Another example may include meal replacement or product based programs only.   Will you simply be drinking a particular drink or protein shake several times a day all while not changing your eating habits at all?  What’s going to happen when you stop taking them or stop drinking the infamous pink drink?  Is it a meal replacement only?  There are many popular plans that deliver food directly to your front door and yes, you’ll lose weight, but are you going to buy your food like this from now on? Where will you be if you stop the service?  Get it?  And supplements? I take them and love them, (you can see my favorite supplements here) but they are only meant to supplement or add to and not replace.  And supplements alone does not a healthy body make.

Does the weight loss program promote weight loss or better health?  

There are hundreds of programs that offer quick results, but quick results are not always a good thing. With those quick fixes, you may also experience muscle loss, slower metabolism and hormone imbalances as a results and even gain more weight than when you started.

I’ve learned the hard way that being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy.

Is it a one size fits all program? 

With literally thousands of weight loss plans on the market, there’s no doubt that many of them work. But here’s the dealio–with many of them there are just as many people sharing incredible results from these weight loss programs and when I didn’t necessarily see those same results, it left me questioning myself and what did I do wrong.

And it’s not necessarily that those plans were wrong (yes many of them are garbage), but they were just the wrong plan for me. Just recently, I joined a 6 week weight loss course (because coaches need coaches too) and after about a week, found myself bailing out and not following it.  I continued to follow along with many of the other girls in the group all the while listening to them repeatedly report on their weight loss results. So even though that course was probably a great course, it was one that I knew I couldn’t follow.  And while it was obvious that many of the other girls could, I knew it wasn’t a realistic plan I could stick with.

Does the weight loss program teach what to do when the program is over?

For the entire duration of your weight loss plan, you should be educated on what to do once the program is over.  I mean seriously, think about it.  How many diets have you been on and what normally happens when you come off the diet?  When choosing your weight loss program, know in advance what you’ll do to maintain your weight loss after the program is over. 

You should feel confident with making healthy decisions, meal planning and learning how to actually live healthy after you complete the program. I always tell my client’s that my goal with my own program is to prepare and teach my clients how to live without me.  It’s only then they’ll feel confident on keeping the weight off.

If you’re not taught HOW to keep the weight off then you’re setting yourself up for failure from the start because your odds of the weight coming back are almost a given.

With any of these tips there’s really no right or wrong answer as it totally depends on what your personal goals are.  But knowing up front exactly what you should expect from the program will keep you from being disappointed later.

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