Weight loss trends become lifestyle choices

By Brittany Lavin
February 15, 2007

Losing weight has become a big issue in recent years. With 60 percent of adults overweight and with the increasing rates of diabetes and heart disease, the struggle to lose weight has become something more than an issue. Today, losing weight can be considered a trend.

How many times have you turned on your television and learned how much weight Kirstie Alley has lost with the help of Jenny Craig?

We’ve all heard the success stories: “I lost 30 pounds in 30 days and you can too!”

There are so many different kinds of weight loss trends that it’s hard to keep track.

A few years ago, the Atkins Diet was the craze. Then there was the South Beach Diet and somewhere in there Jared slimmed down with the help of Subway sandwiches.

Whether it’s counting carbohydrates or increasing protein, in the end it’s all about decreasing pounds.

I myself have fallen into these weight loss trends and I can tell you, falling into one is the easy part. It’s actually sticking to it that’s hard. Out of all of the trends, I’ve found that the weight loss programs that we hear advertised so much are the ones that really work.

Jenny Craig, for example, prepares and portions out your food for you and sends you weekly menus to follow. The goal of Jenny Craig is to transition you from their menus to planning your own.

Weight Watchers is another popular weight loss trend. With this program, you are given a certain amount of points to eat during the day that corresponds with your weight. The points vary depending on the type of food and portion size. The goal of Weight Watchers is to make eating in moderation a way of life for their members.

Other programs include LA Weight Loss, Slim-fast and Nutri-system.

Whether or not a trend is successful depends on the person. You will only get what you put into it. With the right motivation these trends can work wonders for your body and your spirit.

According to WebMD, experts say that choosing a weight loss program is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

“If they make an emotional connection it creates a possibility to fight their history of defeatism and failure,” Dr. Daniel Stettner, a professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, said.

“It allows a person to not only make a commitment to the plan, but it also creates the bond for optimism and hope.”

But what about when you lose all of the weight? That’s when these trends become more than just a diet.

They become a lifestyle. It’s about portion control, regular exercise and a solid support system.

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