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Weight Loss Clinics Provoke Questions About Extreme Diet Plan

By Karen Weintraub
Guest Blogger

 

When I first heard that Medi-Weightloss Clinics puts clients on a 600- to 800-calorie-a-day diet, I was horrified. How could that be safe? Even if someone could stick to a crash diet like that, wouldn’t they just regain all the weight the minute they started eating again?

Now that I’ve done some digging, though, I’m having a harder time being judgmental. Sure, the diet is drastic. Sure, most people will regain most of the weight they lose. Sure the program is expensive – at least as costly as a weight loss program at Tufts Medical Center, arguably one of the best nutrition research institutions in the country. But…

The problem is that no diet plan is really all that great. Most people can lose a decent percentage of their extra pounds; most people can’t keep them off for more than a year.

That’s not to say that people should give up or that weight loss is hopeless, just that it’s very very hard. And everyone has to find a way that works for them.

Maybe losing 20 pounds in a month and 50 in four is enough motivation for some people to keep on going and to transform their eating habits and lifestyles. Maybe paying $1,200 for 14 weeks of treatment at Medi-Weightloss instead of as little as about $100 for Weight Watchers over the same period encourages some people to be more careful about what they eat, to work out a little harder. Continue reading