An Audience For Change – The Case For Weight Loss Camps

When considering most changes in life, for most people, it is not without some trepidation. Especially in the case of weight loss, most would agree that it is not looked upon favorably. In fact most people view it as painful, restrictive, and full of deprivation. With this kind of sentiment in mind, it is no wonder that the success rate for people losing weight in this country is what it is. However, it is not only this viewpoint that confounds the problem. When we look at change in general, of any kind, there are several factors that must be considered. While the person must have awareness of a problem in order to change it, she must also have the sense of control and competency required to make the change, but she must also have an audience to support the change.

To be sure, if a person were attempting to change into something that was not supported by those around her, the change would, most likely, not be possible. For example, if she were attempting to work full time, when her husband, children, friends, and extended family did not support this, it would be very difficult to do. As she may experience judgment, criticism, or even recrimination from these people, she would also find it difficult to maintain the necessary sense of control and competency to support this change. In this sense, the audience for change represents an integral part of maintaining change. This is certainly the case when someone is trying to loose weight.

For those attempting to loose weight, identifying an audience to support this change is something that is commonly missed. When it is, the person may unknowingly encounter resistance when working toward her weight loss goals. Obviously without becoming aware of this resistance, and making the necessary changes, the person’s weight loss goals will be hindered. This is where weight loss camps come in.

Because weight loss camps recognize the importance of creating an audience to support the changes in any person’s life, but especially those struggling with weight loss, they have all of the clients live on site. Utilizing a residential approach allows the weight loss camp to create an environment that supports every person’s weight loss goals. In doing this, the weight loss camps create an audience for change that serves many purposes in maintaining each person’s goals.

Primarily an audience for change provides the person with a sense of awareness of herself. As those around her at the camp, will notice things about her that she may notice about herself, she will begin to develop an increased understanding of herself. For example, another camper may compliment her skill at a particular sport, and bring this to her attention. When this happens, she will begin not only to know herself more fully, but also begin to develop a sense of identity around the positive change. Essentially, she will begin to see herself as more athletic.

Each time she receives feedback such as this, her sense of identity as a healthy, fit, athletic person will be strengthened. This is an obvious ingredient to weight loss success. Clearly, if the person does not see herself as a healthy, fit, athletic person, she is going to struggle, as it does not align with her sense of identity. The weight loss camp approach then accounts for this, and utilizing a residential approach provides the integral audience for each person to begin to develop an increased understanding of herself, as well as a sense of identity as a healthy person.

Secondly, an audience for change becomes a constant source of positive regard for movement toward change. While at the weight loss camp, as each person makes forward progress toward her weight loss goals, those around her offer positive regard for this progress. When this happens, the person immediately experiences an increased sense of confidence, which leads to more forward progress. As people inherently move toward where they feel confident, the more positive regard each person experiences, the more likely she will move toward further weight loss goals.

In this sense, the movement toward future weight loss, and the positive regard stimulates the person’s motivation. For example, a fellow weight loss camp participant might share with the person that she noticed how she was able to recover from a setback and how her strength motivated her to push herself past her own limitations as well. As this is positive regard for the person’s ability to be successful at her desired changes, the person will likely move in the direction of future changes as her motivation is now increased. In this sense, the audience that the weight loss camp provides helps to increase the person’s motivation through the constant positive regard for movement toward change.

Lastly, the audience that supports the person’s weight loss provides the client a sense of connection from which to begin to develop a sense of purpose in her pursuits. When the person is able to connect her efforts toward any change to something greater than herself, the change itself begins to take on a sense of purpose. For this reason, it is not at all uncommon that those in recovery from drugs or alcohol become drug counselors, or those who achieve significant weight loss become personal trainers.

As these people received positive support for their changes, they naturally were able to connect these changes to something larger than themselves, that is, helping others. In the case of weight loss, helping others to also lose weight provides a sense of purpose in one’s own life. However, it is not without first experiencing the positive support through those around her, that the person feels as though her own weight loss achievements can represent a sense of purpose for others as well. It is the positive support of those at the weight loss camp that offers just that for the person attempting to lose weight.

While there are many factors that can deter a person’s efforts, certainly, those around her should not. Maintaining an audience for change that supports the person’s movement toward change is certainly not a difficult task, and one made incredibly easier through the use of a camp. So whether the audience is helping the person to become more aware of herself, providing constant positive regard that fosters motivation, or representing a sense of connection and purpose for the client, the effects are profound. In the field of weight loss, profound effects are in short supply, and for the person losing the weight are certainly not unappreciated.

Weight Loss Spa – A Relaxing Way to Lose Weight

It is common knowledge that the best way to lose weight is to make sure you get a healthy dose of daily exercise paired with the perfect diet. It’s never a good idea to go without them both, but many people find it a difficult if not impossible to keep up with either. Some people lack the will power required to resist consuming fattening foods. Others just can’t seem to find the motivation they need to get up and go to the gym or take a daily jog around the neighbourhood. Worst case scenarios are at a loss for both.

Now, various fat loss organizations are coming to the aid of these individuals with spas. Weight loss spas will provide the weak and weary dieters with a positive and motivating weight loss environment where they can relax and burn fat at the same time.

What is a weight loss spa?

It is quite simple. A spa is a facility that will assist you in losing weight by through the various meal management and exercise programs they offer. Not only will they help you lose the weight but they will help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to keep it off.

Is that like a fat camp?

You’ll be invited to stay at the facility for the duration of the program much like a “fat camp,” and will be assisted by the staff in getting maximum fat loss results through a well balanced mix of both physical and leisurely activities. At the beginning of your stay you will participate in a physical assessment of your body’s health and composition and set achievable goals for yourself with a target date. A common weight loss spa program will last anywhere from three to four weeks.

What is their weight loss philosophy?

Attending a weight loss spa vacation does not simply involve losing weight, but it also involves understanding a healthy body and a healthy diet. Most weight loss spas follow the philosophy of balancing diet and exercise.

Weight loss spas aren’t for those simply eager to drop a couple dress sizes or look good in their favourite swim suit. By attending the spa you will be involving yourself in a much larger agenda. You will learn how to lose weight not simply through diet and exercise but through a deeper understanding of your health in general and how to change the lifestyle that allowed you to become unhealthy in the first place.

At a weight loss spa you will learn that long term weight management relies on the following:

1. Knowing how to balance your body

2. Eating in a pattern that works for you

3. Recognizing the consequences of overeating

4. Ignoring unnecessary hunger signals

5. Keeping up with your body mass

6. Exercising with an effective program that suits you

7. Making the best of every day

8. Boosting your confidence

In any fight there is always strength in numbers. This is why weight loss spas will have you participating in group discussions where you will share your experiences and goals. Through the consultation and council of your peers your weight loss will become a group effort and your new team will work with you to make sure you fight the fat.

What’s the program like?

Once you’ve enrolled in the spa program you will be paired with a dietician who will work with you directly to help you develop a customized diet and exercise program specifically designed to suit your daily lifestyle. Many factors will be taken into consideration, but the main goal is to make sure you are comfortable and confident in the program.

For a more forward approach you will also be offered diet and exercise plans that must be followed exactly. During these programs you will be closely monitored by your advisors and weighed regularly to make sure you are productively reaching your weight loss goals.

So when do I get to relax and have fun?

Though the prospect of losing weight should be the most appealing feature of the spa there are numerous activities and therapies available to you to ensure you enjoy your stay regardless of your weight loss goals. From light aerobics and sports to a gentle message or nature walk, you will find plenty of ways to positively spend your time and relax.

Are all weight loss spas like this?

Keep in mind that while the majority of weight loss spas exist to help you lose weight the most relaxing and healthy way they can manage there are those that off gimmicky or fad diets that are considered no more than quick fixes for the overweight. These diets are not only unhealthy but also will not help you keep the weight off. Therefore, you should always exercise precaution when choosing a weight loss spa and research each one diligently to make sure it offers a positive and productive weight loss program.

You’ll also want make sure that whichever weight loss spa you choose to attend offers a program that suits your personal preferences. Some spas such as Hippocrates Health Institute offer very programs that cater to a very specific type of individual. HHI will focus your diet around enzyme-rich, vegetarian foods and help you achieve a vegan lifestyle. HHI would obviously not suit those of us who enjoy meat in our diets and would prefer to continue to do so.

What’s this going to cost me?

Every individual facility will offer different programs at different rates and most are not cheap. You will want to shop around to find a facility that you can comfortably fit into your personal budget. However, don’t forget that your dreams of losing weight, confidence, and long term health are priceless.

Discover How a Quick Weight Loss Can Be a Healthy Weight Loss – Phase III

We left off with my last article of “Discover How a Quick Weight Loss Can Be a Healthy Weight Loss – Phase II”. In review, you learned how to exercise regularly in order to ensure that your healthy weight loss is also a quick weight loss. Now, we are on to Phase III of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey. What is the third and final fitness tuning path that I must pursue after you have adopted a complete and healthy diet and a regular workout routine? What is the last and final path towards your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss?

Phase III of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey is your intake of fluids. Ok, stop the presses! You mean that what I drink actually matters when it comes to a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss? The answer is yes, big time! Everyone knows that you must hydrate yourself in order to survive. In fact, everyone knows that you can die of dehydration sooner than you can die of hunger. So, the fluids that you put into you body are extremely important when it comes to the success of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey. In fact, fluid intake is critical upon the success or failure of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss endeavor.

Water is the first key liquid in your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey’s success. Water is extremely important when it comes to your body. First of all, you body is 80% water. Without a constant intake of water, your body would eventually start shutting down until you died. So, we take water pretty seriously when it comes to a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss. Water hydrates your body, is used to flush toxins from your system, and keeps your lungs moist during cardiovascular activity. It is recommended to take in 8 – 10 8oz. glasses of water per day, and I recommend that you start doing so. Your body must have plenty of water to do its part in achieving a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss. Take a large water bottle and a cup with you to work. When the water bottle is empty, then refill it. Having the water present will encourage you to drink it more often. Your body will thank you for it by flushing out the toxins from your system that can actually impede upon the success of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey.

Coffee and soda must be eliminated from your diet to succeed in your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey. Soda should only be had occasionally as a reward for your hard work. For me, I have a soda when I have pizza, and that is about it. Your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss is dependent upon a minimum amount of caffeine intake, and increased water intake when drinking caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, and will actually pull the water from your body. This is extremely bad when it comes to your body operating at top efficiency while you’re exercising. Believe me, you will feel the difference! I will treat myself to the occasional energy drink in replacement of my afternoon snack mentioned in Phase I. However, your journey towards a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss will be an unpleasant one with too much caffeine intake.

Green tea is the best and highest recommended caffeinated beverage that you can have for your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey. Most of them are even decaffeinated! I would recommend that you have 3 – 4 cups of hot green tea per day. Studies have shown an increase in energy levels and metabolisms for subjects who took in certain quantities of green tea on a daily basis, which also resulted in reduction of body fat content. The study showed that for positive results, 3 cups per day were necessary for a 156 lb. subject. (More information on the health benefits of green tea will be made available to members of my website listed below.) However, in relation to your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey, you have just found your replacement for coffee!

For those of you that want something more to drink during your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey… When it comes to fitness tuning, you want to choose wisely about what you put into your body, and not base your decision upon taste alone. Unfortunately, the majority of people base their beverage choices on taste and usually upon it being a sweet taste, which means too much sugar. However, there are a few key beverages that can give you some flavor variety, as well as give you a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss boost as well!

POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice – Packed with cancer fighting anti-oxidants, and was rated as the top source of anti-oxidants of all beverages on the market.

Vitamin A & D Organic Milk & Organic Soymilk with Calcium – Fatty acids, calcium, Vitamin A & D, as well as isoflavones and protein with the soymilk, give you more health benefits than you can shake a stick at.

Tropicana Essentials Fiber, Heart, & Antioxidant Advantage – Packed with Vitamin C, the Essentials line of Tropicana orange juice offers a wide variety of health benefits tailored for your specific needs.

Sobe No Fear (Sugar Free) – I have found this to be the best of the energy drinks on the market for me. I don’t drink them every day, but they serve well on a jam-packed day of 10+ hours of work followed by time at the gym. (Remember: drink extra water when drinking caffeine!)

Gatorade Performance Series & Propel Fitness Water – Jam packed with electrolytes, I try to drink the Performance Series an hour before my workout, and follow my workout with a Propel Fitness Water.

Changing the quality of fluids taken into your body each day is the final path toward your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey. You now have at your disposal the three phases to your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss success. Ensure that you adhere to the promise that you have made to yourself, and ensure that you follow all three paths. Your success in your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey is dependent upon you and you alone. Further information will be distributed to members of my free membership site listed below. You will gain access to fitness tuning nutrition, dieting, and fitness information, including information relating to all three phases of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey. So, embark on your journey and lead the way to your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss success!

Discover How a Quick Weight Loss Can Be a Healthy Weight Loss-Phase I

How can a quick weight loss also be a healthy weight loss? Truthfully, if this is the thought on your mind, you are miles ahead of the majority of people interested in weight loss today. In fact, the true thought that the majority of weight loss seeker are having is, “How can I have a quick weight loss?” There is no mention of a healthy weight loss at all! The problem is that everyone wants the results, but doesn’t care about what they have to do to get there. More importantly, they don’t care about the long term negative affects that will follow their quick weight loss. In order to achieve your healthy weight loss and for it to also be a quick weight loss, you must make some fitness tuning changes to your body.

Now that we’ve identified that your mind should be on how a quick weight loss must also be a healthy weight loss, let’s get you there! We are going to address several things regarding your life and how you live it. I will give you the paths that you need to take in order for you to get to a healthy weight loss. Then you will need to go down those paths, one at a time. How well and how dedicated you are to accomplishing the completion of those paths will determine whether or not you have a quick weight loss. I will give you the tools to make a healthy weight loss also be a quick weight loss, but you must use them, and use them properly, for your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss to occur.

Step one, to achieve your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss, will be to make some changes to your diet. You must, and must want to, start with your diet. If you are a person that has a minimal or non-existent amount of exercise done each week, then trying to tackle that step first can be disastrous. If you run into the gym, before you correct your dieting deficiencies, you will feel a great deal of fatigue during exercise, and possibly faintness, dizziness, and extended muscle soreness and fatigue afterwards. To begin your stepping into a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss, you must first begin with giving your body the nutrients that it needs. Otherwise, your quest towards a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss will be that much more difficult, not to mention less enjoyable!

The dieting change to begin your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey is your daily food intake. You should have three meals a day, each containing a carbohydrate, a fruit or vegetable, and a protein. These items must also be evenly proportioned for each meal. You should get plenty of whole grains in your diet, so make sure that your carbohydrate sources are whole grain as often as possible. Ensure that you also get plenty of good cholesterol in order to keep your cholesterol level under control. This means that you should be eating a variety of nuts, eggs, and fish and including olive oil in your diet. In fact, I would recommend at least one meal a day which contains some kind of fish. Not only is it a good source of protein, but the Omega-3 oils that are contained in fattier fishes such as salmon and mackerel are essential for a healthy weight loss and quick weight loss, as well as healthy living.

Some fitness tuning suggestions for your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss diet.In the morning, I start my day with a fruit, a bowl of oatmeal and some bacon or sausage, followed by a multivitamin. For lunch you should also plan your lunch to contain a protein source, a carbohydrate, and a vegetable. I only have fruit with my meal in the morning, due to the fact that the sugar will help you to start your day by giving you the energy that you need. Vegetables contain more vitamins and minerals than fruit and therefore must be of higher concentration in your diet. My dinner always contains a meat, pasta or potatoes, and a steamed vegetable or salad. The fiber from the fruits and vegetables will slow down the absorption of the carbohydrates into your body, and will allow you to burn off absorbed carbohydrates before they can be stored as fat. By following these diet guidelines, your healthy weight loss will become a quick weight loss as well. Plus, you will have the energy to begin the next path towards your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey that will be found in Phase II.

Believe it or not, your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss plan involves snacks! In order to ensure that you are supporting your body’s needs for Phase II of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey, you must have two between-meal snacks. I continually use protein bars and protein shakes as my between-meal snack. However, I have also been known to use trail-mix that contains more nuts than fruits. Your goal is to ensure that your body is getting all of the proteins that it needs to support Phase II of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss plan. If you should ever feel a craving for something sweet, then have a piece of fruit. Some fruits have more sugars than others, such as bananas, grapes, pineapples, raisins, and mangos, and should be eaten sparingly. These are the desserts that will help to lead to your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss, not to mention a healthier you.

You have now completed Phase I of your journey towards your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss. You have started your fitness tuning process by ensuring that the foods that you take into your body are healthy and contain all of the elements needed for your body’s healthy lifestyle. I will be following this article with Phase II of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey, but you will be able to get more information regarding proper dieting and the benefits from doing so by clicking on my fitness tuning website’s link below. You will be able to join my free membership website, and gain access to all of the nutrition, dieting, and fitness information that I share with all of my members from week to week. Begin Phase I of your healthy weight loss and quick weight loss journey today, and you will soon lead yourself to the results that you desire.

How Effective Is Weight Loss Surgery?

For severely overweight individuals that have failed to see results from diet and exercise alone, weight-loss surgery has become the safest and most effective means of achieving significant weight loss. In fact, studies have shown that with diet and exercise alone, nearly 95% of obese patients will gain all the lost weight back within 5 years. On the other hand, long-term success rates for weight-loss surgery – including the LAP-BAND procedure – are remarkably high, allowing patients to maintain a loss of between 50-70% of their excess body weight. Though there are many factors that can impact an individual patient’s weight-loss success, weight-loss surgery is simply the most effective long-term weight loss and healthy lifestyle solution for severely obese patients.

Studies show that most patients that undergo weight-loss surgery will lose between 50-70% of their excess body weight within the first three years following their procedure. Those that undergo gastric bypass surgery will lose excess body weight more rapidly in the first 12 months than those that choose LAP-BAND surgery. However, gastric bypass patients typically experience a greater number of complications and side effects than LAP-BAND patients, as the LAP-BAND procedure allows for more gradual and natural long-term weight loss.

From a clinical perspective, a weight-loss surgery is considered successful when the patient loses at least 50% of their excess body weight and keeps the weight off for at least five years. While important lifestyle changes need to be made to ensure that the weight loss is maintained in the long term, studies have shown that most weight loss surgery patients are able to maintain a 50-60% loss of excess body weight 10 years after the surgical procedure. However, it is important to note that a weight loss of just 10% of total body weight can begin to have positive health effects in resolution of obesity-related condition like asthma, gastric reflux (GERD), and diabetes. As weight-loss surgery is usually performed on patients that are at least 75-100 pounds overweight or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35 with a health condition, overall weight loss can range anywhere from 40 pounds to over 100 pounds. But the patient is really the leader behind achieving these results.

While patients will certainly look and feel better after weight-loss surgery, there are also numerous health benefits associated with successful weight loss. In most cases, health conditions that develop as a result of excessive body weight or are worsened by obesity can be improved upon or, in some cases, remedied by weight-loss surgery.

But there are other ways to measuring success with weight-loss surgery, like the LAP-BAND System. For instance, many weight loss surgery patients take great pride in being able to perform certain activities that may not have been possible for a number of years, like crossing their legs, bending over to tie a show, walking up stairs without being easily winded or sitting comfortably in an airplane seat.

While most patients that undergo weight-loss surgery experience incredibly positive results, there are many factors that can impact the overall success of an individual patient’s procedure and follow-up treatment. Here are some important factors to consider as you try to determine whether weight loss surgery is right for you.

Pre-surgery Weight

Generally speaking, the higher a patient’s pre-surgery weight or BMI, the more excess weight the patient can lose after surgery. However, recipients of weight-loss surgery with less excess body weight will eventually come closer to their ideal weight when committed to long-term diet and exercise. Also, resolution or improvement in obesity-related diseases can occur with even moderate amounts of weight. Often many diseases can become closer to cured than improved with earlier intervention at a lower weight.

Overall Health

While pre-existing health conditions can impact the overall success of weight-loss surgery (for instance, patients with type 2 Diabetes typically lose less excess body weight after surgery), studies have shown that many ailments linked to obesity are either improved upon or fall into remission after a successful procedure. For instance, a 2000 study performed on 500 weight loss surgery patients showed that nearly 96% of health conditions associated with obesity – such as high blood pressure, depression, sleep apnea, back pain and diabetes – improved greatly following loss of excess weight and long-term commitment to diet and exercise.

Surgical Procedure

As there are potential risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure, potential patients should always seek to have their weight-loss surgery performed by a trusted medical staff. Prospective patients should inquire about their surgeon’s success rates with weight-loss surgery and listen to the experiences of former patients. Additionally, a patient’s weight-loss success may also be impacted by the quality of post-surgery care and counseling provided by their bariatric outpatient facility.

Diet and Exercise

As diet and exercise are two of the most important factors in any weight loss plan, patients with the physical ability to exercise after weight-loss surgery have increased chances of meeting their goals. To maintain the weight loss achieved by surgery, both exercise and healthy eating habits must become integral parts of a patient’s lifestyle.

Commitment

The ability to remain committed to suggested dietary guidelines, exercise regimens and any follow-up care recommended by the bariatric outpatient facility is important for both short-term weight loss and long-term weight management.

Motivation

Patients that are motivated to lose weight and willing to follow through with diet and exercise prior to receiving weight loss surgery may experience greater levels of success immediately following the procedure and in the long term. Most people did not find themselves severely obese overnight. It took years to reach that weight and therefore patients should be patient with the weight-loss process, which will also not occur overnight. Successful patients find small victories along the way to celebrate and stay motivated.

Support

As weight-loss surgery will require some time away from everyday activities, it is important to have the support of family, friends and coworkers before undergoing any surgical procedure. Furthermore, as the ongoing weight-loss process following bariatric surgery may require a certain level of emotional support, prospective patients may want to establish a support network – including friends and family members that can join in on exercise and healthy eating.

Considering that significant weight loss can not only remedy many health concerns, but also improve an individual’s quality of life, the potential benefits of weight-loss surgery are plentiful. For severely overweight individuals that are unable to lose weight via diet and exercise alone, weight-loss surgery is the most effective method of losing weight – and keeping the weight off.