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How Can I Choose the Right Weight Loss Plan for Me?

When it comes to losing weight and staying fit, there’s usually no shortage of advice.  Websites, magazines, and numerous advertisements for different Weight Loss Strategies all promise they can help you lose weight for good. But with so many weight loss options, how do you discover which is right for you? Here are some basic tips for how you can choose – or discover – the right weight loss plan.

Consult with an Expert Nutritionist about weight loss strategies

It is always important to work in conjunction with your GP to lose weight. Having expert guidance is especially important if you’re currently obese or suffering from medical conditions such as diabetes. Before starting any weight loss program, it is best to talk to your GP.

5 Reasons You Should Get Medical Advice?

Many patients ask why it is so important to get medical advice before embarking on a weight loss strategy plan. Here are the 5 top reasons medical advice is important:

1. Assessment

Your GP and dietitian can help you assess whether any existing medical problems are contributing to your weight gain or obesity. For example, thyroid levels are often low in women over 40.

2. Medications

Your GP can also help you determine if any of the medications you’re currently taking are impacting your weight. They can also suggest an alternative medication that is still effective but has less propensity toward weight gain.

3. Rule Out Other Factors

It is important to rule out factors that might make a particular weight loss strategy plan bad or unworkable.

4. Guidance

It is also important to get guidance on what certain weight loss programs may be right for you. Your GP can refer you to a weight loss support group. Having a supportive environment can help a lot for many people.

5. Injury Prevention

If you’re very overweight, some forms of exercise might be detrimental to your joints and ligaments. You don’t want to start exercising and have to stop due to injury. So consult with an exercise physiologist or a physiotherapist, rather than a general trainer. This will help minimise your risks of injury.

Consider your Lifestyle and Eating, Habits, Exercise, and Weight Loss

Just as it is with body contouring plastic surgery, there is no one-size-fits-all weight loss program.

Since every individual is unique, a weight-loss consultant or medical professional will ideally advise a custom weight-loss plan. Some people who are already active but just over-consume calories may simply need to change their nutritional intake behaviour. Others who eat healthily but never exercise may respond well to building walking and strength-building exercises into their daily routine.

Yet for some of us, proper diet and exercise may have no effect on our overall body weight or BMI. You and your weight loss support team should take into account important factors that contribute to your health and BMI. These include:

  • Lifestyle
  • Stress and how it impacts your eating
  • Food preferences
  • Eating patterns throughout the day
  • How you might use food to reward and/or console yourself after either a bad day or sad event
  • Weight loss strategy goals – how realistic they are
  • Motivations
  • Past success or past weight loss attempts that did not result in weight loss
  • How past efforts impact your psychological or emotional view of losing weight

Before starting any weight loss plan, it may help to think about these factors:

1: Your Experience With Past Diets

Take time to assess your past diets. Consider whether you like or dislike them and whether you are able to adhere to the diet. What parts of a certain eating regime really worked for your lifestyle and day-to-day activities? And what parts didn’t?

2: Personal Preferences

Do you like to diet on your own? Or do you prefer to lose weight with friends or weight loss support groups? Does dieting or exercising with a friend (or group) help motivate you to lose weight? Or do you find it discouraging?

3: Your Time and Budget

Do the activities of weight loss strategy programs interfere with your daily routine? Does the cost of such a program fit your budget? Weight loss programs require you to purchase prepared meals or supplements, or visit medical facilities or support meetings. This may impact your budget.

The upside is that usually, you’ll save on buying other foods. So the net effect on your budget may be less than you think; but in modern times, it is usually a bit more expensive to eat better (and good gyms aren’t cheap either). So look at it like an investment, however, in your fitness, health, and body shape.

Choose a Safe and Effective Weight Loss Plan or Program

Don’t go radical unless your GP says it’s a “must-do”. A wide array of weight loss regimens promise “rapid” or “dramatic” weight loss, which is tempting. However, a slow and steady weight loss (up to 2 kilos per week) is typically a safer recommendation. Your optimal weight loss plan should include the right amount of nutrients, according to your body chemistry needs and genetics.

Diets to avoid:

  • Weight loss plans or diets that direct you to eat large food quantities of a certain type of food
  • Unrealistic weight loss plans that severely restrict what you can eat in any given period of time
  • Weight loss plans or diets that require you to completely remove certain food groups from your day-to-day
    • These diets might be fine for healthy individuals, but may also result in nutritional problems
    • Can place excess stress on your internal organs
    • For example, a high protein may impact your kidney health especially if you have a pre-existing kidney disorder.

Choose a Flexible Weight Loss Program

It may help if you look for a weight loss plan that is not extreme and maintains flexibility and choice in what you eat. It should ideally be balanced across the day, not designed to deprive you of certain food groups (unless you’ve been confirmed as being allergic to certain foods such as a diagnosed gluten intolerance condition).

The best weight loss plans include those that allow you to eat various foods from all of the major food groups, as well as being able to purchase these in your local grocery store rather than through some distribution chain. Be sure to also choose a full program that includes individually appropriate (or physio-approved) physical activities and exercises that can help you boost your weight loss – and keep your endorphins properly elevated to help keep you on track. Read more about the Best Diets to Help you Lose Weight.

Related: Learn about Body Lift Surgery after Massive Weight loss

The Skinny on Weight Loss and Weight Loss Strategies

Be Healthy. Successful weight loss – and staying physically fit over the longer term – require an ongoing commitment to making healthy lifestyle changes in your diet, exercise, and even sleeping habits. If you lack sleep or live a very stressful lifestyle, you may end up eating more and gaining more weight than if you had proper sleep and a good work-life balance.

If you’re getting ready for body contouring surgery and need to lose weight before your operation, please send us an enquiry form below, so that our team can assist you in finding the support you need to prepare for your body surgery.

Read the Diet and Nutritional Disclaimers.

Every Person is Different and Your Results Will Be Unique.

Whatever weight-loss plan you follow, you may not lose weight under the same timeline as others because so many factors are involved, so be sure you take into account that results vary from person to person.

Remember that everyone’s weight loss is unique. So try not to compare your body, eating regimen, or weight changes to those of other people, even if they’re on a similar weight-loss or diet plan. Instead, seek professional advice and opt for a customised plan, and give yourself credit for what you are accomplishing.  Remember that long-term weight loss is usually best when slow and steady, and accompanied by lifestyle changes that support a healthier, fitter, and lower BMI outcome.

And make sure you stay hydrated by drinking enough water – without enough water (H2O) in your system, despite your best weight loss eating plans, your body may not actually release the excess kilos.

Further Reading – Coco Ruby Blogs for Your Weightloss Journey

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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