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Best Weight Loss Plans
Results and Weight Maintenance
In addition to helping you lose weight, the best weight loss plans help you maintain your target weight. Many people go on a diet, lose weight, and then gain it all back -- sometimes even more than they lost.
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All of our best weight loss plan picks satisfy this criterion. One study that Weight Watchers showcases on its website found that 72 percent of those who completed the full Weight Watchers program maintained their weight loss after two years and 50 percent did so after five years. Continuing to adhere to the point system is critical, though, and a posting on the Diets in Review site cautions that constantly tracking your weight and adjusting the points can be complicated. With eDiets, another best weight loss plan, you're encouraged to control your calorie intake and continue participating in the online support, which could mean becoming a mentor or sharing your success story. A dieter commenting on Diet Blog says the site's recipe clubs and community helped her keep her weight down, although converting the individually-portioned recipes to suit a family is a chore. South Beach dieters also tend to lose big, and keeping it off is stressed. The third phase of the South Beach Diet focuses on maintenance by having you slowly integrate more foods into your diet and showing you how to stay on track.
Disappointment with outcomes weighs on the Atkins Diet and the Nutrisystem diet-food delivery plan. Dieters discussing Atkins on Daily Strength emphasize the importance of sticking with the diet in order to prevent the pounds from returning, but this seems to be quite a challenge. Apart from some of the negative effects on your body, cravings for "bad" carbohydrates -- like sugar, white flour, and potatoes -- prompt many dieters to fall off the wagon quickly. Nutrisystem also loses customers even before much weight is shed (owing to dissatisfaction with food quality) but others drop out later on. Several consumers writing on 3 Fat Chicks grumble that boring, tasteless food and little attention to weight maintenance without the Nutrisystem-supplied products leaves you with no safety net should you decide to forego the meal delivery program; the website, however, mentions a new transition and maintenance plan that includes learning to prepare your own healthy meals.
Weight-Loss Plans Exercise.Getting your food choices under control is one thing, but lifelong health also means getting physically active. Cheap diet plans focus on exercise to varying degrees. Weight Watchers provides an online food and exercise diary, illustrated workouts, and awards extra food points for exercise. eDiets helps users devise a customized exercise plan that includes information about injuries, fitness levels, and weight-loss goals. The original South Beach Diet didn't make any specific exercise recommendations, but the current iteration includes a three-phase fitness program that eases you into exercise and complements the three-phase diet plan. The Atkins Diet website offers articles about exercise but no set guidelines. Nutrisystem recommends exercise and helps you create a personalized plan.
Weight-Loss Plans Customer Relations.All the weight loss programs on our list, except for the Atkins Diet, charge a membership fee or for food delivery. We found numerous complaints in consumer reviews on a variety of websites, particularly about eDiets and Nutrisystem, concerning the difficulty of canceling memberships or orders for food delivery, or getting credit for damaged shipments.
Make sure to read the fine print, which is sometimes hard to find, before signing up.
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