New Guidelines Can Help You Become Smarter About Weight Management
released guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Partnership
for Healthy Weight Management should give you access to more and better
information about many weight-loss programs and products, according to
The American Dietetic Association.
surprise healthy weight helps people achieve good health in several
ways, including reducing the risk for many diseases. However, people
are often in the dark when it comes to making decisions about losing
weight and keeping it off, said New York registered dietitian Cathy
Nonas, ADA's official liaison to FTC's Partnership for Healthy Weight
weight loss and weight management depends on many factors, among them
are choosing a plan to fit your lifestyle, getting the nutrients and
exercise your body needs, and maybe most importantly, being able to
live with the plan once the weight comes off," said Nonas.
A varied diet, according to Nonas, is key to weight-loss success.
just about eating low-fat foods, it's how you put the whole diet
together," she said. "It's smart to include lots of foods rich in fiber
like fruits, vegetables and whole grains."
partnership includes representatives from science, academia,
government, healthcare, commercial enterprises and public interest
groups. Their guiding principles emphasize diet and exercise and
include voluntary disclosure guidelines for providers of weight-loss
products or services.
disclosure guidelines encourage providers of weight management services
to give prospective clients information about the following:
staff training and education;
risks associated with obesity and being overweight;
any risks associated with their products or program;
costs associated with the program; and
program outcomes, or the success/failure rate of the program.
especially important for people to pay attention to outcome
information," Nonas said. She recommended people ask how much weight
others have lost with a particular product or program, and more
importantly, how long they kept off all or part of the weight.
people find it difficult to keep weight off once they lose it, Nonas
said a lifelong commitment to eating a variety of foods from the Food
Guide Pyramid and getting physically active would improve their chances
of maintaining healthy weight.
"If the plan
you follow includes the foods you need and allows you to enjoy the ones
you can't live without, you are more likely to stick with it for the
long term," said Nonas.