How to Find YOUR Best Weight Loss Solution

It’s a fact that the best way to lose weight is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Luckily there are many choices for weight loss. Unluckily not all are going to work and sometimes people try too many that don’t work in search of the one that will. After many failed attempts they lose hope and accept permanent defeat. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you are feeling like sustainable weight management is out of reach for you, it’s not! There is a solution for you you!

A starting place to find your weight loss solution is having a realistic idea of how much weight you need to want to lose.

You may think you know, but getting a physician’s opinion based on a physical examination is a good start. With your doctor’s help you can determine a goal weight that is realistic and will promote good health.

If you have a lot of weight to lose your doctor may refer you to a bariatric specialist.

If you will be continuing on your own without a bariatric specialist, the Weight Loss Consumers Bill of Rights is an important document to use as a guide to protect yourself against costly diet scams and potential health risks.

 Weight Loss Consumers Bill of Rights.

Developed by the Department of Consumer Affairs in New York City in cooperation with interested parties, including Weight Watchers.

WARNING: Rapid weight loss may cause serious health problems. 

Rapid weight loss is weight loss of more than 1½ pounds to 2 pounds per week or weight loss of more than 1 percent of body weight per week after the second week of participation in a weight-loss program.
  • Avoid any plan or product that offers a large amount of weight to be lost over a short period of time (i.e. 30 pounds in 30 days is rapid weight loss!)

 

Only permanent lifestyle changes, such as making healthful food choices and increasing physical activity, promote long-term weight loss.
  • Permanent lifestyle change means you should evaluate the program to ensure it’s a good fit with your life and sustainable. If it’s complicated and/or overly restrictive you won’t be able to make and keep such sweeping lifestyle shifts that are necessary for long-term weight management.
Qualifications of this provider are available upon request.
  • Don’t just take somebody’s word for it. Ask to see who developed and delivers the program. Check that the program is developed by experts in the field of human nutritional science, weight control, behavioral science, and exercise physiology.
The patient is under no obligation whatsoever to purchase medication and supplements.
  • Can this program be followed with everyday food available at supermarkets and in restaurants? If you have to buy special foods or supplements, it’s not a sustainable program that can support long-term maintenance.

    It was important to me to lose weight with a program that allowed me to eat the same meals I prepared for the rest of my family. I didn't want to be segregated at the dinner table by eating a frozen diet entree while everybody else enjoyed a home-cooked meal!

    It was important to me to lose weight with a program that allowed me to eat the same meals I prepared for the rest of my family. I didn’t want to be segregated at the dinner table by eating a frozen diet entree while everybody else enjoyed a home-cooked meal!

 

Supplements for meal replacements such as Healthwise, Robard, or Protimax, as well as vitamins, minerals and medications are sold for profit, as are all retail products in the marketplace.

You as the patient have the right to:

  • Ask questions about the potential health risks of this program and its nutritional content, psychological support and educational components;
  • receive an itemized statement of the actual or estimated price of the weight-loss program including extra products, services, supplements examinations and laboratory tests;
  • know the actual or estimated duration of the program;
  • know the name, address and qualifications of the dietician or nutritionist who has reviewed and approved the weight-loss program.

I chose Weight Watchers meetings for my weight loss solution and I’m glad I did. I learned how to balance calories in and out, make smarter food choices for improved nutrition, and incorporate more physical activity into my lifestyle.

If I hadn't lost weight in a way that was livable for maintaining the loss, I'd never have been able to get on the floor to play with an adorable grandson!

If I hadn’t lost weight in a way that was livable for maintaining the loss, I’d never have been able to get on the floor to play with an adorable grandson!

The behaviors I learned at Weight Watchers meetings have not only allowed me to lose weight an keep it off for more than 20 years, it actually has improved my life by every measure. The changes I made enhance my overall sense of happiness and well-being.

The best part about my Weight Watchers meetings weight loss journey is that as a Lifetime Member (Somebody who has lost weight with the program and followed the maintenance program to stabilize at weight goal) I have been able to help others find the success with Weight Watchers meetings that I personally am still enjoying!

Helping other people learn how to live their life at a lower weight is a job I look forward to doing everyday!

Helping other people learn how to live their life at a lower weight is a job I look forward to doing everyday!

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is the general manager of Weight Watchers of Maine. She is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. Her experience with her own weight management journey and raising girls has given her insight into the struggles families face with weight, healthy body image, food and physical activity. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news for more than ten years and appears monthly as a guest on FOX network morning program Good Day Maine.