Best Exercise and Weight Loss Programs
There are so many different approaches to weight loss that it can be hard to choose the program that will work
best for you. There is so much media coverage and hype about weight loss that it is hard to sift through the
information and misinformation to separate fact from fiction.
When evaluating weight loss information, it is always important to consider the source. The fact that something
is printed in a book or magazine or appears on a website does not make it valid information. Look for validation by
multiple scientific studies before you assume the information is credible. There is an overwhelming presence of bad
information disguised as science that is being promoted as fact in the media and online. Make sure that any
information you credit as being based in scientific fact is actually based on unbiased research conducted by
legitimate scientists operating independent of corporate sponsorship. Always make sure that you know the source of
information about weight loss programs.
Keep in mind that advertisements promoting amazing and immediate results of weight loss products typically
indicate in small print that the results presented in the promotional materials are not typical. One or two
examples of immediate success isn’t sufficient to establish a fad diet as a legitimate weight loss program.
Professional nutritionists and personal trainers can be excellent resources for legitimate nutritional and
weight loss advice. The best weight loss programs involve implementation of lifestyle changes related to diet and
exercise. Nutritionists and fitness professionals can help you unlearn the bad habits that led to your weight
problem in the first place. Further, they can implement the nutritional changes necessary for weight loss and
maintenance. Additionally, joining a gym, working with a personal trainer, and working with a nutritionist can be
great ways to get moral support and guidance that can help you accomplish your weight loss goals.
As you begin your diet and exercise program, it is very important for you to monitor your progress. Tools that
can help you keep track of changes in your weight and fitness levels include a scale, a tape measure, a body mass
index (BMI) calculator, a tool for measuring body fat percentage, and a calorie counter. Depending on the type of
exercise program you implement, it may also be beneficial to use a heart rate or pulse monitor. Some people also
find food scales and food diaries to be useful.
When making a decision about the weight loss program you will use to help you achieve your fitness and health
promotion objectives, taking the time to research your options is very important. Be careful not to fall for the
latest fad, which is likely just to lead to frustration and disappointing results. The only proven method for long
term weight loss is a combination of proper diet and exercise. When you expend fewer calories than you consume,
weight loss occurs. Any fad diet that promises weight loss results through any other means isn’t likely to benefit
you in the long run.