Finding the Right Diet for You
If you're considering a commercial weight-loss program, Tom Wadden, PhD, director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania, recommends asking a number of questions before you join:
- What are the staff's qualifications?
- What guidelines does it offer for diet, physical activity, and behavior modification?
- Will it teach me how to maintain weight using everyday foods, instead of relying on meal replacement shakes or packaged foods provided by the weight-loss program?
- What kind of social support does it offer?
- What are the possible health risks?
- What does it cost? (Dr. Wadden says that a cost of $15 to $20 per pound lost is "reasonable.")
- How long will the program last?
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