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Types of Weight-Loss Programs
To lose weight and keep it off, you should be aware of the different types of programs available and the important parts of a good program. Knowing this information should help you select or design a weight-loss program that will work for you. The three types of weight-loss programs include: do-it-yourself programs, non-clinical programs, and clinical programs.
Weight Loss Programs - Do-It-Yourself
Any effort to lose weight by yourself or with a group of like-minded others through support groups, worksite or community-based programs fits in the "do-it-yourself" category.
Individuals using a do-it-yourself program rely on their own judgment, group support, and products such as diet books for advice (Note: Not all diet books are reliable sources of weight-loss information).
Useful weight loss support and self-help programs include, Overeaters Anonymous (OA), TOPS Club, Inc (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly).
No weight loss diet plans or structured programs are offered.
Weight Loss Programs - Non-Clinical
These programs may or may not be commercially operated, such as through a privately-owned, weight-loss chain. They often use books and pamphlets that are prepared by health-care providers. These programs use counselors (who usually are not health-care providers and may or may not have training) to provide services to you. Some programs require participants to use the program's food. Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are examples of this type of geographically-based weight loss program, although they also have online weight plans.
Weight Loss Programs - Non-Clinical - Weight Loss Supplements
Some weight loss programs require dieters to purchase higher-priced weight loss 'extras' like bars, shakes and so on. These weight loss supplement products are not necessary for healthy weight loss and may add considerably to the cost of the program.
Weight Loss Programs - Online
There are a growing number of online weight loss programs, offering a variety of diet foods and online menus.
Weight Loss Programs - Clinical
This type of program may or may not be commercially owned. Services are provided in a health-care setting, such as a hospital, by licensed health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, and/or psychologists. In some clinical programs, a health professional works alone; in others, a group of health professionals works together to provide services to patients. Clinical programs may offer you services such as nutrition education, medical care, behavior change therapy, and physical activity.
Clinical weight loss programs may also use other weight-loss methods, such as very low-calorie diets, prescription weight-loss drugs, and surgery, to treat severely overweight patients. These treatments are described below:
Weight Loss Programs - Clinical - Obesity Treatment
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