The weight loss program that could double your loss

If you’re struggling to lose weight, slim down your belly and thighs and fit into your favorite outfit again, you’ve probably wondered whether or not paying for a professional weight loss program is worth it.

After all, not only can those programs put a dent into your pocketbook, they can also eat into your time since most require either in-person or at minimum Zoom, meetings to help you stay on track.

Luckily, research by a team of doctors from the University of British Columbia Okanagan has the answer, proving that when it comes to achieving the weight loss you want, getting professional support is worth its weight in gold…

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Paying for a weight loss program could double your weight loss

The researchers recruited more than 370 participants across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  Each person was randomly assigned to one of two groups — either a commercial weight management program or a do-it-yourself (DIY) group.

DIYers were encouraged to use most of the common, everyday weight-loss approaches we’ve all tried, like tracking meals, monitoring with apps, creating diet plans and getting more exercise.

Then the researchers pretty much left them to their own devices.

The participants in the commercial program had a completely different experience, attending weekly workshops that included a private weight assessment and discussing successes, problem-solving and topics related to weight loss and behavior changes.

While they also had access to an app with around-the-clock support and an online community, minimal self-monitoring was which included minimal self-monitoring of food intake and exercise was required. And they had no need to weigh, measure or track more than 200 foods, which the researchers felt simplified the process as much as possible.

So who were the winners?

Hands-down, it was the commercial weight loss group.

In fact, the people in the commercial weight management program lost more than twice as much weight and reduced their waist circumference by a greater percentage compared to those in the DIY group.

Not only did the group that got professional help see greater weight loss success at three months, but they were also able to maintain and continue that weight loss across a full year.

However, both groups improved their blood pressure, heart rate, aerobic stamina, flexibility and sleep – which is good news for dieters everywhere.

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Is it time to join a weight loss program?

So if you’ve been going it alone and finding it impossible to take off that extra weight, it might be time to consider taking the next step and joining a program that can give you the support you need to be successful.

While the researchers don’t mention which weight loss program was used in the study, an easy online search revealed that Weight Watchers has over 200 zero-point foods that can be eaten without tracking or weighing. This could correlate to the information in the study.

If you do decide to join, be sure to follow these three tips used by more than 6,000 Weight Watchers (WW) members that lost more than 50 pounds on average — and kept it off for more than three years!

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It’s worth the money to pay for a weight loss program – ScienceDaily

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.