Many different types of “diets” or weight loss programs are available. Examples include “do-it-yourself” programs, such as diets published in books or magazines and programs involving the use of dietary supplements and over-the-counter pills. Clinical and non-clinical programs that differ in intensity of treatment, cost, methods of interventions, and staff credentials are also available. Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry. Unfortunately, not all diets or weight loss programs are based on scientifically sound principles or ethical business practices.
Unproven diets and fraudulent weight loss programs are often harmful to consumers. Weight loss fraud and fads cause many adverse reactions. Some deaths are linked to unproven weight loss programs. Following an unproven program may also prevent the individual from getting appropriate medical care. Repeated attempts to lose weight, followed by inevitable regain, cause both physical and emotional harm. Individuals feel a sense of failure and powerlessness. The confusion surrounding popular diets and weight loss programs promotes distrust of the medical community and undermines responsible weight management and wellness programs. Also, unproven programs are often very expensive. In this kit you will:
Step 1. Evaluate diets and weight loss programs
Step 2. Compare low-carbohydrate and high-carbohydrate diets
This program is not a “diet” or weight loss program. Our focus is health. It is a comprehensive lifestyle management and cardiovascular risk reduction program. Weight loss is a goal for many participants and weight management (maintaining a healthy weight) is a goal for every participant. It uses an integrated approach to weight management based on sound principles of nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Our recommendations are consistent with those of national health authorities and our protocols and findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals. While not specifically a weight loss program, many participants who are overweight or obese have been extremely successful in losing weight and keeping it off. Most of all, we make no claims for a “quick fix” solution to weight loss or any other health problem.