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Can You Lose Weight Online?

Apr 26, 2008
Once upon a time "self help" was thought to be a fairly "soft" or ineffective way of improving health or wellbeing, and most people believed that online weight loss programs couldn't possibly match the success of the live diet meetings.

In fact modern research points to 2 very different reasons why it's time to drop the doubt. Firstly studies show very clearly that diet meetings don't work anyway, so measuring something against diet meetings is a waste of time! Even looking at the minority of people who stick to the diet and keep going to the meetings, less than 2% of them manage to keep the weight off for more than 12 months. For over 98%, the weight goes back on even faster than they lost it, plus extra, because the dieting has damaged their metabolic rate.

In addition we now know that online programs equal or outperform live programs, even when compared to having your own personal therapist or counsellor.

There will always be those who still need more intensive one-on-one support, particularly where there is serious trauma or even a personality disorder at play. But across the board, whether for weight loss, depression, quitting smoking, back pain, and a host of other problems, online programs are making the experts sit up and take notice!

And the aim of all help is to support you toward self reliance in any case!

In choosing a self-help program for weight loss, it's really important that you choose one that has been proven in clinical trials. New-age methods are not generally successful and can result in wasted time, money and effort, and can even do damage.

Unfortunately not all conventional approaches to weight loss are worthwhile either. Just as dieting and eating plans have been thoroughly disproven, so CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), once the "gold standard" of therapy, is now being seriously criticised as being no better than sugar pills (placebo).

Another consideration in choosing an online weight loss program is whether or not the site uses testimonials to try to convince you to purchase. Professional therapists do not use testimonials for 2 reasons. Firstly it's unethical, being a serious breach of the client/therapist relationship, and secondly all the testimonials in the world in no way provide "truth".

Why don't testimonials mean anything? Because for every testimonial praising the program, there are likely to be several hundred people who got zero result!

So the bottom line is, we encourage you to use a self-help approach to freeing yourself from your weight problems, and at the same time we urge you to examine your chosen treatment method carefully to make sure you select a proven method, with good support facilities.

I hope now that you know that online programs do work, and you appreciate the importance of ensuring they are backed up by clinical research and staffed by trained professionals, that you might like to grab a couple of freebies that give you a solid taste of what that's like. Check out 2 free books, "17 Solutions" and "Stop Wishing and Start GETTING!", just 2 of the range of freebies available as a free member of TopLifeSolutions.com. Why is all this free? Because TopLifeSolutions.com is part of the Kind Communities Initiative, and it wants to get real, proven, valuable information to you, so that together we can make a difference to community health and happiness.
About the Author
Freebies aren't always worth the time of reading, but these freebies are because they're written by internationally-renowned health expert Christine Sutherland, and are based on solid research and clinical experience. The methods work for weight loss, as well as for depression and other problems.
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