A Comparative Study of Healthy and Effective Weight Loss Programs

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/9/2013 | Weight Loss

Unless we’re in preparatory school nibbling on some fattening delicacies to our loving parents’ delight, who wants to be overweight, right? Aesthetically speaking, being fat has never been associated with beauty. Medically speaking, gaining a few pounds over our ideal weight is less than encouraging for good health. So in all essential fronts, stout is indeed out, and striving to attain a model weight should be considered as the better, and healthier, option.

Losing weight, however, is easier said than done. A lot of dedication is required to achieve a perfectly balanced body mass. A strong will to succeed is needed as well, as there will be many times when the temptation of those gastronomic surprises would be too overwhelming to resist. A passion to lose weight and maintain an ideal body mass for a healthier life should come from within and not from outside considerations. After all, when the difficulties strike, only us can motivate ourselves.

But what route should be taken to efficiently and healthily lose weight?

There are a variety of programs being offered that seek to achieve this end. Let us take a look at the popular ones to aid you in deciding the best approach for a healthy change in your life.

Diet Plans

Diet is probably the most famous and inexpensive way to lose weight. By monitoring the number of calories in our daily intake of food, it is suggested that we will be able to shred off some unnecessary pounds to attain a thinner, healthier body. Weight gain is usually attributable to nutrition, that is, eating more than what we should. A balanced diet, or even a special diet plan, aims to curtail excess build up of fat-producing calories in our system.

Diet plans aren’t for everyone, however. Some diet programs would deprive us of essential recommendations for a healthy life. Some of us are actually suffering from deficiencies with particular nutrients that a diet plan can actually make matters worse.

Before you decide to try a specific diet plan, consult with a medical professional. Know beforehand if your body would be amenable to the same. Otherwise, it would be best to try other healthy weight loss alternatives.


Yet another cause of weight gain is the unfortunate buildup of stored energy that we fail to burn. This would easily transform into fats. A less than active lifestyle would be guilty for excess weight of this nature. Being a couch potato, for example, or refusing to participate in an extraneous activity from time to time would slow down our metabolism and result in an increase of unburned fats in our system.

Exercising regularly would be a good way to remedy this. Never undermine the importance of consistently scheduled workouts as these would help us in fine tuning our bodies into tiptop shape and aid us in maintaining an attractive and healthy figure.

Diet Pills

For some people, the solution to unwanted weight gain is quite simple: don’t eat. Whenever hunger strikes, some folks resort to diet pills to restrain their desire to eat. Diet pills induce certain chemicals in our brains to curtail our need to take in some food and stimulate various organic processes to increase our metabolism. Examples of diet pills include diethylpropion hydrochloride, phendimetrazine tartrate, mazindol and phentermine hydrochloride.

It goes without saying that diet pills are not or everyone. Be wary of the possible harmful effects of this type of weight loss option. Not everyone is built alike, and the kinds of diet pills are just as varied. Consult your doctor before deciding on this weight reduction method.

There are other options to lose weight, of course. Some surgical and cosmetic procedures have been popular in recent months, but these would only provide for a short term solution to the problem of being overweight. They may produce instant effects, but in the long run, nothing can beat a sustainable shift in our lifestyles to accommodate a healthier choice.