Weight Loss Programs: Does one size really fit all?

From calorie counting to liquid-based diets, many weight loss programs are filled with empty promises.  Long-term success must address overall health, and needs to be a true lifestyle change.

Safe and effective weight loss programs should include:

·         A plan to keep weight off over the long run
·         Guidance for developing healthier eating and physical activity habits
·         Ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support
·         Slow and steady goals

Some plans call for a reduction in snack foods and alcohol, which are often high in simple carbs and sources of “empty” calories that lead to weight gain. One diet was popular for allowing its followers to consume large amounts of fat (burgers, cheese, bacon, eggs, etc.) and still lose weight, as long as the carb count was low. Common sense and research tells us that consuming a large amount of fat is probably not good for your health in the long term.

Another type is based on portioned meals that reduce daily calorie consumption to between 1,200 to 1,300 calories a day.  This diet comes along with having to purchase pre-prepared meals, and eating all of your food out of a microwave.  While offering convenient and healthy options, it fails to teach the importance and knowledge of how to truly live a health conscious lifestyle.

A liquid-based diet sounds enticing, proclaiming that the liquid cleanse is a healthy and natural process to flush the body of deadly toxins, pesticides, and other impurities.  Due to the low-caloric intake, you will lose some weight on this diet. However, it only includes 600-1200 calories per day, which is well beneath the recommended 2000 calories for an average adult. In addition to being extremely low in calories, this cleanse is deficient in vital nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, essential fats, fiber, and vitamins. There is no scientific evidence that the cleanse helps to clear toxins out of the body. Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins on its own via the kidneys, liver, and lungs— and shouldn’t need the help of a cleanse diet.

Other programs tell you what they think works; With TLS, it’s all about what works for you. TLS is about education and implementation, not limitation. The only limits in TLS are those you put on yourself. Anything is possible when you Live the Lifestyle.

TLS Weight Management Solution encompasses low-glycemic impact eating, behavior modification and body composition, offering an extensive plan that covers everything you’ll need to get fit and trim, not just a set of foods you can and cannot eat. In fact, a big part of TLS is helping you make healthy choices while still eating a normal, diverse diet.

TLS teaches you about low-GI impact eating and how to identify new favorite foods, creating new, healthy behaviors, and improving body composition to get your metabolism operating in high gear.

So it’s time to get off the diet roller coaster, and time to start Living the Lifestyle.