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How do you choose a weight loss clinic?

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To choose a weight loss clinic, ask your doctor for recommendations, research local clinics, and visit potential choices. While comparing programs, consider your dieting experience and your budget.

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Consult your doctor first, as he can take your medical history into account when making recommendations. Look at the websites for local clinics to determine what type of program each clinic follows, and how the clinic works. Certain clinics require that clients purchase special meals, while others set up nutritional guidelines and allow clients to purchase their own meals. Determine whether the clinic has required meetings and appointments. If so, make sure that the commitments work with your schedule.

When visiting a clinic, watch how employees interact with both potential and current clients. Speak to current clients and ask the staff for referrals.

Although programs that promise rapid weight loss are popular, the most effective method of long-term weight loss is a slow, consistent loss of 2 pounds or less per week. Look for a clinic with a diet plan that is flexible and balanced. The plan should include foods from all the major food groups to provide the proper nutrients. Plans should also include physical activity, which burns more calories and strengthens the cardiovascular system.

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