So you have decided to do something for health and well-being.  You know you want to lose weight, but there is so much conflicting advice available.  How do you know which diet center is right for you?  How do you know if a diet center program will really work?  While sorting through the mountains of information from weight loss books to television programs, here are some simple ways to determine if the diet center is right for you.

Ny-diet-planConsider your lifestyle

The first thing to think about is your personal needs.  Take the time to think about your preferences, goals, and lifestyle.  Analyze any previous weight loss programs that you have tried.  What did you like about those programs?  Were you successful on those programs?  What didn’t you like about those programs?


Support is an extremely important part of any weight loss program.  Take the time to evaluate your support network.  Will you be dieting on your own or with friends/ family?  Do you prefer a weekly meeting with group support, or would you prefer a more intimate setting with one-on-one counseling?

Consider your health

It’s important to take into account any health considerations you might have.  Do you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, a heart condition, or food allergies?  Do you have any specific ethnic or religious considerations, such as vegetarian, or vegan requirements?  Not all programs are willing, or able to accommodate some of these needs.  Be sure to verify that the program can accommodate you before you sign up.

Consult with your doctor

It’s always important to talk to your doctor before you start any weight loss program.  Your doctor is the best equipped to discuss with you any medical needs or medications that might affect your weight loss as well as helping you to set up reasonable weight loss goals.  They can also help you determine the best exercise program for you and your health.  Your doctor may also be able to a recommend weight loss support groups or a registered dietitian.

Choose a program that is safe and effective

It can be very easy to fall for the promises and gimmicks of so many fad diets on the market today.  Too many programs promise fast and dramatic weight loss with little or not work.  However, successful healthy weight loss requires a much slower and consistent approach.  If you stick with a program that offers a healthy amount of calories per day and gives you a consistent weight loss you will have a higher chance of being successful and a better chance of maintaining that weight once you reach your goal.

Chose a balanced program

Avoid the quick fix fad diets.  Programs that require you to eat certain foods or food groups are not healthy for you overall.   These types of programs cause nutritional issues, a loss of lean muscle tissue, and can slow your metabolism.


Exercise is a key ingredient to any weight loss program.  You need to have physical activity in addition to reducing your calorie intake in order to be successful in reaching your weight loss goals.  Exercise has a number of health benefits.  It will cause a release of endorphins that can improve your mood.  It will also strengthen your cardiovascular system and can reduce your blood pressure.  So, chose an exercise program you enjoy.  You might choose going for walk, riding a bike, or participating in an exercise class.

Regardless of the program you choose, aim to make healthy choices.  Remember that successful weight loss requires time and commitment.  To schedule your free consultation please click below or call (212) 759-8118.


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