Learn About Weight Loss Programs

If you need help losing weight and are struggling to do it by yourself, you can always resort to weight loss programs. There are at least four different types of programs you can participate in to get rid of those extra pounds and improve your eating and exercising habits.

These are:

  • Weight Watchers Diet
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
  • Nutrisystem Diet
  • Mayo Clinic Diet

Weight Watchers Diet

This program was created in the 1960s, and since then, it has become one of the most popular in the world. The way it works is by counting food in servings and assigns value to each meal according to a point system.

The SmartPoints system assigns points according to the number of calories, as well as its fat, protein and sugar contents. The healthier the contents, the fewer points that food will have.

No foods are off-limits but to lose weight, you will need to stay below a set number of daily points. Weight Watchers has their own packaged food, but it's optional to buy. If you join the program, you will have 24/7 chat support and you can have group meetings or one on one support from a personal coach, depending on the plan you choose.

Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

These two types of diets are increasingly becoming more popular, not only to eat healthier food but also to reduce a person's carbon footprint and protect the environment.

Vegetarian diets consist mainly of vegetables and other animal-based products like dairy, eggs, cheese, etc, but completely exclude any meats. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarian diets can help prevent and treat health conditions such as atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Vegan diets, however, exclude any and all animal-based products and instead, use alternative plant and seed-based foods to replace dairy, cheese and meats.


Nutrisystem is a very different type of weight loss program. It's essentially a lower-glycemic diet, which provides 50% of calories from carbohydrates, 25% of calories from protein and 25% from fat. You can subscribe to a plan a get the foods delivered to your home, or simply buy the food packages at any supermarket.

Nutrisystem consists of a 28-day plan of prepackaged foods, that include all meals, as well as snacks and desserts. You can also combine certain fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and dairy with prepackaged meals. 

Mayo Clinic Diet

The Mayo Clinic is another highly effective weight loss program to help turn your eating and exercising around. It has two very distinctive phases:

Lose it!
This first step is meant to help you lose the largest amount of pounds while teaching you healthy eating habits. During this two-week phase, you will lose between 6 and 10 pounds.
2. Live it!
This second phase is longer, and you will lose approx. 1 to 2 pounds per week until you reach your goal weight. You will learn expert techniques to keep your weight in check and stay healthier from then onwards. 

You will also get access to hundreds of recipes, meal plans and more with their app, and track your progress week by week through the Habit Tracker.

Diet Benefits

There are many types of weight loss programs out there. To choose the right one for you, make sure you read every program in detail, ask questions, read online reviews and comments from users and get informed. You can book an interview for them to present the program and how they can help you, specifically.

Eating healthy and exercising are key to preventing diseases and keeping our body and mind fit. Creating new habits and getting rid of bad ones takes time, and as with any weight loss program, you need to commit, be patient and follow the steps until the very end to actually witness the results and change your way of living.