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Developed by the British Dietetic Association.


options for support finding the right approach for you

(Page 1 of 8) Find the right approach Your doctor's surgery
Commercial Slimming Organisations
Meal replacements
Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs)
Other approaches
Medical approaches
Be Weight Wise and webwise

This section is for those who want to explore the weight management options - and find out what's out there!

Checklist for a responsible weight loss programme

Use this guide to help you assess individual programmes. Responsible weight loss plans should:

  • Help you assess your weight and decide on a realistic, healthy target weight;
  • Recommend a maximum weekly weight loss of 0.5-1kg (1-2lbs);
  • Focus on long-term, lifestyle changes rather than a short-term, quick-fix approach;
  • Be based on scientifically-sound advice;
  • Use a balanced, healthy eating approach;
  • Recommend regular physical activity and offer practical, safe advice about being more active;
  • Include some behaviour change techniques, such as keeping a dairy; how to cope with 'lapses' and 'high-risk' situations;
  • Recommend some form of on-going support.

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