Weight Loss Programs and the Questions to Ask Before You Choose One

What do you need to know about weight loss programs? If you're not sure how or where to start your weight loss journey, take a look at the answers to frequently asked questions right now.

Should You Try to Lose Weight on Your Own?

Have you tried to lose weight unsuccessfully? If you haven't met your weight loss goals, you may need the help of a structured program that provides direct guidance and support. Signs that signal the need for professional or extra weight loss assistance include:

  • You don't know how to eat in a healthy way. Should you eliminate carbs, bulk-up on protein, go vegan, or choose another eating plan? If you're not sure what healthy eating is or how to eat in a healthy way, you could benefit from the help a well-designed program has to offer.
  • You can't stick to one program. You start off strong. But a few days or weeks into your diet, you falter. A program can provide you with the support necessary to continue your weight loss journey.
  • You don't feel supported. Weight loss isn't easy—especially if you don't have the emotional or psychological support you need. Programs do more than just give you a list of what you can and can't eat. From conversations with a nutrition expert to a group class, you won't feel alone with many of these programs.

What Rapid Weight Loss Program Is Right for You?

Now that you know why to try a program (instead of a solo effort), it's time to take the next step and choose a program. There's no standard or universal program that first each person's needs. You're an individual and you need to consider:

  • Your health needs. Talk to your doctor to better understand your overall health needs. You know you need/want to lose weight. But what else do you need to work on? The weight loss plan you choose may also help you to lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and more.
  • Your food preferences. Do you adore carbs? If you can't stick to a meal plan, it won't help you to lose weight. Make sure the program works with your eating preferences—in a healthy way.
  • Your program preferences. Do you want to meet one-on-one with a weight loss counselor, go to group sessions, learn online, or choose another option? The program should meet your preferred methods of support.

If you're not sure which rapid weight loss program checks all the boxes on your list, talk to a few experts. Educate yourself on the potential programs, ask questions, and select the option that makes the most sense for your individual needs.