Friday, July 25, 2014

Some Older Health and Weight Loss Approaches Are Effective

Often, therapies that have been in existence for some time are as effective as, and costs less than, newer therapist. And this is true in the area of obesity treatments that include diet, exercise and obesity drugs.

Diets from Jenny Craig, the commercial weight-loss company that has been in business since 1959, were recently used in a community weight-loss study. Although the study was highly structured, the subjects who followed the program lost 82% of their weight compared to those individuals in the control group who lost 2.5% of their weight.

The "participants in the structured program received diabetes-management education, weight counseling, portioned-controlled food, a planned menu during the first six months, and continued one-on-one counseling for the one-year study." Again, while the program was structured and the program subjects received a lot of attention, usage of Jenny Craig diets, which have been around for some time, indicates that established diet programs can work under the right circumstances.

Indeed, weight-loss healthcare providers appreciate the usefulness of older weight loss treatments. In a survey, respondents were asked to indicate what obesity drugs and diets they prescribed or recommended. The 1000 respondents said that the generic forms of phentermine and orlistat (Xenical or Alli, the OTC version) were prescribed more often than the new obesity drugs Qsymia and Belviq. The respondents also said that they recommend Weight Watchers more than any other diet program. Like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers was started years ago (1963).

Finally, a venerable tenet may be paraphrased as follows: "we should do most things in moderation to achieve the best outcome." However, when it comes to exercise, a recent "principle" suggests that the more intense the exercise, the more beneficial the exercise. However, moderation may be best here. According to one researcher, referenced in a news article, 'Too much [exercise] can be bad and hurt your heart, it can also hurt your joints...' The researcher went on to say that 'It's important to realize you don't have to push yourself. You don't have to go fast...'

Indeed, established approaches should at least be considered in most endeavors. When it comes to weight loss and weight management, methods that have been in use for some time can be beneficial.


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