The Mayo Clinic Says; "Weight-loss programs: Look for these six criteria"
Strangely enough these guidelines coincide with the foundations of a successful weight loss by surgical intervention. Notice the similarities for yourself...
Almost 8 million Americans enroll in some kind of
structured weight-loss program each year. Unfortunately, most people fail to lose weight permanently.
Before you join a commercial program, be sure it
meets these criteria:
(Before choosing a doctor for weight loss surgery, be sure he/she meets these criteria)
· Proof that it works - Most programs have data
on quick weight loss, but ask for long-term results of
clients who have been in the program.
(Proof that it works - Most doctors have touts of patients who had quick weight loss after surgery, but ask for long-term results of post-op patients over a longer period of time.)
· Qualified staff- A registered dietitian and
specialists in behavior modification and exercise
should design and supervise the program.
· Nutritionally balanced diet- You should be
allowed reasonable portions from all the basic food
groups and flexibility based on needs and
preferences. You should
not be required to buy special products.
· Exercise- At a minimum, you should receive
instructions for starting a safe, moderate exercise
program. Trained staff should be available to tailor
the program and answer questions.
· Lifestyle change - Ask to see materials used
to help you identify and change behaviors. Find out
how they reward and monitor your progress.
· Follow-up and support- After you complete
the formal part of the program, be sure you can
obtain ongoing support easily and inexpensively.