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10 Ways to Enjoy a More Active Family Life

10 Ways to Enjoy a More Active Family Life

One of the best ways to increase your personal wellness is to find someone to hold you accountable, and for you to do the same for them. Who better to do this with than your own family? Whether you and your partner are looking for a way to get motivated or you have young kids who need to learn the importance of wellness, making fitness a family activity is a great idea. 

Not sure how to get started? Below are 10 ways to enjoy a more active family life. You’ll get the dual benefit of spending time with the people you love, while also making fitness and activity a priority. Give any or all of them a shot:

  1. Enjoy a brisk walk: Walking is the easiest way to get the whole family up and moving. Take a walk around the block, head to a nearby park, stroll through the local cemetery or hop on a local path for a quick jaunt. If you have a dog, it’s the perfect excuse to put on your walking shoes.

  2. Go for a bike ride: Biking is a great alternative to walking and something everyone can enjoy. Find a scenic bike trail nearby and put a few miles in. If you live near a lake or lengthy park, scenic rides are a great way to spend an afternoon. Plus, biking is easy enough to enjoy, yet strenuous enough to leave you feeling accomplished after.

  3. Run for a cause: Lace up those shoes and put on a bib! Entering the family in a 5k run/walk or any other short distance run is a run way to encourage a little healthy competition. Run together, see who finishes first or make a few new friends while your team races for a good cause.

  4. Go for a swim: If your family is more aquatically inclined, trade in running shoes for a swim cap and hit the pool. Swimming is a wonderful way to condition your whole body and offers zero impact compared to running. Everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy time spent in the water.

  5. Take a hike: If you live in an area rife with hiking trails, make them your destination for a weekend excursion. Hiking not only builds stamina and burns calories, it connects you to nature and exposes you to the natural beauty of the world around you. Pack a map and some trail mix for the whole family!

  6. Vacation and explore: Going on vacation doesn’t have to mean lazing by the beach all day. Pound the pavement in a major metropolitan city or kayak and hike through untamed wilderness. Take a vacation to a place the whole family can explore and spend time doing things, instead of staying cooped up in a hotel room.

  7. Divvy up the chores: Your family can get active and stay fit without leaving home. Take the growing list of chores and divvy them up, giving everyone jobs to accomplish. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, cleaning the bathroom or reorganizing the garage, there’s bound to be plenty of calories burned.

  8. Play a sport: There are so many sports to consider and plenty of opportunities to join recreational leagues. Enroll you and your partner in an adult kickball league, sign the kids up for soccer, or hoop it up in your own driveway with a family game of Horse. Sports keep you active and teach skills like hand-eye coordination and decision-making.

  9. Get involved with the community: Community events are a great place to enjoy time with family, stay active and get to know the neighborhood. Walk through the local farmer’s market, sign up for a community cleanup day or traipse through the neighborhood visiting rummages. You’ll stay active and meet your neighbors!

  10. Go on an adventure: One of the best ways to stay fit is simply to see the world as an adventure. Take the family geocaching, be tourists in your own city or make it a point to explore nearby destinations you’ve never been to. With the spirit of adventure, you’ll spend more time up and active than you do sitting on the couch.

Each of these activities can accommodate your whole family, no matter how many of you there are. See what activities are most popular with everyone and get out there to try those first! Or, toss them all into a hat and take turns picking which activity you do next. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you stay active and do it as a family!

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8 Ways to be a Little Healthier at the Office

8 Ways to be a Little Healthier at the Office


If you work an office job, you’re spending 40 or more hours each week confined to a desk. Naturally, this causes some health concerns. Sitting, looking at a computer monitor, eating convenience food and stressing all take a toll. But it’s hard to escape these habits! You can’t just abandon your work.


Despite being cooped up in an office five days out of the week, there are a few ways to be a little healthier at work. Here are eight simple things you can start doing today to improve your health. Give them a try one by one, until you’ve incorporated each of them into your workday routine:

  1. Take breaks: Taking a lunch break is nice, but the real benefit to your health comes from hourly breaks. At the end of every hour, take two minutes to stand up, stretch and breathe deep. You’ll feel stress melt away! Limbering up also helps prevent muscle fatigue from sitting all day. Two minutes is all it takes. Refill your water bottle, go to the bathroom or walk a lap of the office.
  2. Stand, don’t sit: If possible, try to stand as much as possible at work. If your office will allow a standing desk, get one! Sitting for extended periods of time will cause compression in your lumbar spine, strain your hamstrings and quadriceps muscles, and reduce your circulation. Standing remedies these problems, keeping you healthy and fit.

  3. Keep drinking water: Drinking more water is something most people need to do. Try filling up a water bottle and making it your goal to drink at least 8oz of water per hour. Keep track by filling up a 16oz water bottle every two hours. You’ll start to feel the positive effects of better hydration in just a few days. You’ll be more alert, have more energy, enjoy a better complexion and feel generally better.

  4. Keep your workspace clean: A clean workspace has both physical and mental wellbeing benefits. Physically, a clean workspace is less prone to germs and bacteria. Mentally, the cleaner your workspace, the more organized and on top of things you’re likely to be. Take a few moments each day to give your area a once-over. Tidy it up, clean up any trash and make sure it’s sanitized.

  5. Invest in ergonomics: Ergonomics focus on best practices for supporting the body’s biomechanics. Things like sitting up straighter, looking forward and supporting the low back are all examples of ergonomics in action. Design your workspace to be ergonomic by getting a supportive chair and ensuring your computer monitor is properly positioned. Ergonomics go a long way towards helping you feel comfortable throughout the day.

  6. Manage stress: Stress is unavoidable at work. Learning to manage it is a great way to avoid a slew of health problems. Stress can cause everything from inflammation, to autoimmune reactions, to physical pain! Avoiding these issues means learning how to recognize when you’re stressed and having an outlet for it. Use a stress ball, get up and go for a cooldown walk, put on some calming music—whatever it takes to give you room to process stress appropriately.

  7. Take the stairs: make the conscious decision to embrace physical effort! While your coworkers are cramming into the elevator, take the stairs and get a small workout right away in the morning. If you work on a floor in the teens, build yourself up to climb a few floors at a time. At the end of the day, take the stairs down as a last triumph before leaving work. As much physical activity as you can work in will help offset sitting for eight hours at a time.

  8. Vary your tasks: It’s easy to get involved in one task as the hours fly by. Do your best to switch things up and vary your work. When you focus too intently for too long, your body suffers. Your muscles tense up, eyes strain, back hunches and more. Your mental health can suffer too—especially if task fatigue sets in. Try to keep yourself engaged with new tasks every half hour if possible. The variability will do your mind and body good.

It doesn’t matter how much money you’re making or how happy you are with your work, there’s no substitute for good health. Take these tips to heart and try incorporating them into your day. The more you can include, the better you’ll feel when the weekend rolls around and the real fun begins!

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Summertime Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Summertime Healthy Weight Loss Tips


Summer is almost here! Many families welcome this time for vacations, and relief of pressures of the school/work year.

However, watching your weight can be tricky with disruption of your regular routine. Plus, the hot sticky weather can make us feel heavy and bloated. Here are some tips to keep you feeling and looking your best for fun in the sun.

Watch the alcohol.
With summer parties and barbeques, sugary cocktails like mojitos and mai tais are everywhere, along with calorie-and carb-rich beers. If you are not careful, these can quickly pack on unwanted pounds. Also, drinking alcohol typically results in over-eating by dis-inhibiting feelings of fullness- basically, when we drink, we tend to overeat! Excess alcohol can also cause dehydration, making you feel extra fatigued from a long beach day. Instead of the sweet cocktails, take an “alcoholiday” – go for sparkling water with lemon, lime, or a slice of orange. If you must drink, choose a wine spritzer or a low-carb “lite” beer, and alternate one alcoholic drink with one glass of water.

Follow the 75/25 rule
Try to fill your plate with 75% watery vegetables like greens, and 25% protein. Eating more greens gives you extra vitamins and boosts hydration, and choosing protein over starches will help you feel less bloated and sluggish. Adequate protein is also critical to maintaining your lean body mass, and helping you recover from exercise.

Choose beverages wisely.
Try junking the juice – while it does contain antioxidants and vitamins, juices flood your body with excess sugar it doesn’t need. Eating the whole fruit is a far better choice – you get a higher fiber to sugar ratio. Also, flavored coffee drinks give us far more sugar than is good for us. Instead of the usual syrup-ey mocha frappe, try swapping your drink for an iced black coffee or flavored unsweetened tea.

Pack healthy snacks
Having fresh, healthy items in your cooler will make it far less likely that you will reach for junk. Try freezing individual yogurt cups – they’ll stay cool till you are ready to nosh. Go for sugar-free Greek yogurts for extra protein without the extra calories and carbs – a good brand is Oikos Zero. Fresh watermelon slices or a berry salad (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry) make great sweet treats that everyone, especially kids, really love out at the beach or on the trail. Nuts also can be nutritious and filling, but they also are high-calorie. Measure out ¼ cup portions in individual baggies to be sure you don’t overdo.

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Here’s Why Low-Carb Diets are So Effective (and Popular)

Here’s Why Low-Carb Diets are So Effective (and Popular)

It seems like there’s a new fad diet every few years that people are eager to hop on the bandwagon for. But just as quickly as they come, they disappear—most of them anyway. There are a few that stick around, and they all have something very important in common. Atkins, the South Beach Diet, Paleo, Whole30 and Keto are all low-carb diets.

There’s a reason low-carb diets tend to become popular and stay popular: Because they work! The merits of low-carb dieting are widely proven. And, they’re extremely easy to follow. Instead of counting calories and starving yourself, the name of the game is avoiding carbohydrates.

Let’s take a look at how low-carb diets work, why they work, why they’re so popular and what the benefits of being on one are.

How low-carb eating works

Every low-carb diet has the same principle: Stay away from carbohydrates. Instead, the major makeup of these diets are proteins and healthy fats. This sets the stage for metabolic change.

Generally, our bodies burn carbohydrates for energy. But, when we eat fewer carbs, our bodies need to adapt. We enter a metabolic state called ketosis, where the body begins to burn fats for energy. This usually happens when we consume less than 50g of carbohydrates in a 24-hour period. It can be a bit of a shock to the system at first, but the body is resilient and quick to adapt.

Why low-carb dieting works

The longer you stay on a low-carb diet, the more adept your body becomes at sustaining ketosis. Eventually, your body will not only burn the fats in your diet, it’ll also begin burning fat stores, leading to weight loss. At the same time, your body is also going to burn off excess glycogen, which is primarily responsible for holding water weight. It’s a weight loss double-whammy!

Despite burning fat for energy, protein is actually the secret weapon in the low-carb diet. Protein plays an important role in satiation. Eating protein leads to a feeling of fullness with fewer total calories, which helps tip the “fewer calories in, more calories out” equation in your favor. Plus, protein keeps you feeling satisfied for longer.

Protein also has a higher thermogenesis than fats or carbs—meaning the body works harder to digest protein, thus burning more energy and expediting weight loss. 

The metabolic switch to ketosis your body makes will have immediate effects (loss of water weight) and continuous long-term benefits (weight loss, energy). Whether you’re on Atkins, Paleo, Keto or one of the other low-carb diets, chances are you’re seeing results. And, people stick to diets when they see results!

Benefits beyond weight loss

People love low-carb diets because they show proven weight loss. But there’s so much more to love about the effects they have on your body:

  • Low-carb diets are actually great for heart health. Intaking fewer carbs will push your triglyceride levels way down and raise your High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels.
  • Entering ketosis helps the body control its glycemic index, which is great for people living with Type 2 diabetes. Avoiding high-carb foods also means avoiding complex sugars that can drive up insulin levels.
  • Low-carb diets have been widely studied for their relation to lower blood pressure. Not only does cutting carbs help lower blood pressure, it can lower a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke and heart attack.
  • People report generally feeling better when eating low-carb. More energy, improved mental focus and clarity, and better mood are all associated with a low-carb diet. This is consistent with findings that low-carb eating can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome.

All of these benefits add up to one big idea that resonates with low-carb dieters: They’re healthier. The scale shows them a number that’s getting lower every day. They’re focused and have more energy. Their annual checkups go better. All around, they look, feel and are healthier!

While some fad diets come and go, diets rooted in the low-carb philosophy have stayed because they’re proven. More importantly, they’re easy to follow and deliver measurable results. They’re effective and popular, and that makes them a viable option for anyone who not only wants to lose weight, but live a generally healthier life.

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Unlock the Many Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Unlock the Many Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting—the practice of abstaining from food for extended periods of time—dates back centuries. In fact, fasting is still common in many situations today and people abstain from eating for a variety of different reasons. Patients fast before undergoing surgery to avoid complications from general anesthesia. Muslims fast during Ramadan as part of their religious observance. Now, people are beginning to fast as part of their diet.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a new twist on an old idea: Eating less will help you lose weight. But as more people turn to fasting for diet, they’re also beginning to realize its other benefits. There’s more to fasting than dropping the pounds!

Sticking to an intermittent fasting regimen could have you experiencing improved focus and mental clarity, lower blood sugar and insulin levels, reduced inflammation, better cholesterol levels and much more.

The science behind IF

On the surface, intermittent fasting is easy enough to understand. Not eating for long periods of time means not taking in calories while your body is expending them. Weight loss is a simple equation: Fewer calories in and more calories spent means a calorie deficit, which leads to weight loss.

But under the surface, intermittent fasting is much more complex. If done right, a person fasting intermittently will change their body’s metabolic processes.

When faced with fewer calories and a more controlled eating schedule, the body gets smarter about how it uses the calories it’s given. This means burning those calories for energy with as little waste as possible and, when necessary, dipping into fat stores to burn those calories. Over time, you’ll see weight loss, more energy, less lethargy and lower inflammation. Your body will start converting fat into energy!

You may have heard the term “ketosis,” popularized by the Keto Diet. The goal of intermittent fasting (and the Keto Diet) is to induce ketosis, optimizing the body’s metabolism of fat. When your body reaches ketosis, the true benefits of fasting start to kick in—improved focus, memory, mood and mental clarity.

What’s the schedule for IF?

Intermittent fasting only works if you stick to a rigid fasting schedule. Not eating for extended periods of time isn’t enough! To achieve ketosis and experience the full benefits of intermittent fasting, you’ll need a fasting schedule. Here are some of the most common:

  • 16/8: Fasting for 16 hours and eating 2-3 healthy meals in an 8-hour window
  • 5/2: Fasting for 24 full hours (eating less than 500 calories) 2 days per week
  • 1/7: Fasting for 24 full hours (eating zero calories) once per week

These are the simplest intermittent fasting schedules, but by no means the only ones. Typically, ketosis sets in about 8 hours after your last meal. To develop your own IF schedule, plan to fast for more than 8 hours at a time and space fasts far enough apart to resume normal eating habits in-between them. For example, other common fasting schedules include alternate-day-fasting ,with fasts every other day, and feast-and-fast, which involves eating one big meal at night and fasting throughout the day.

What can you expect while fasting?

The idea of abstaining from food for long periods of time can be a little scary. Will I get light-headed or pass out? Will I feel disoriented or sick? Can I still walk my dog or go to the gym?

These concerns and more are valid. Intermittent fasting takes a little getting used-to. The good news is, skipping meals a couple days a week won’t impact you as much as you’d think. As you adjust to the schedule, you’re likely to be a little cranky and at first, your energy levels might take a dip. It takes your body about two weeks to get used to fasting habits. After that, you should feel more energetic, happy and healthy!

A few fasting tips to keep in mind

Intermittent fasting sounds easy enough, but a surprising number of people cheat and prevent their body from entering ketosis. For the first few fasts, you’re going to crave food. Resist these cravings! Instead, give these tips a try:

  • Drink more water to satiate your body. Plus, the hydration is good for your skin, hair, nails and general wellness.
  • When you break your fast, eat lots of protein. Protein is a slow-burning source of energy that’ll leave you feeling full for longer into your next fast.
  • Try to keep yourself busy. You’ll be less likely to notice your rumbling stomach if you’re occupied by something else.

Give intermittent fasting a try!

If you’re trying to lose weight or want to explore some new opportunities for personal wellness, intermittent fasting is a great option. Most people can do it, so long as you stick to your fasting schedule. That said, everyone should consult a physician before fasting. Some groups of people may need to take special precautions, like those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or anyone taking prescription medications.

Intermittent fasting is one of the biggest trends in weight loss right now, but there are so many benefits beyond weight loss!

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What’s the Difference Between LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR?

What’s the Difference Between LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR?

So you know that we make two natural hunger control tablets to help you reach your weight loss goals: LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR. But what’s the difference between these two products and how do you know which one you should buy?

Here are some quick answers to our most common customer questions…

Do LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR contain the same ingredients?

Both LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR work using the scientific process of Gut Sensory Modulation (GSM). Here’s how it works: our patented Hunger Control Formula delivers natural food ingredients past the stomach to stimulate L-cells in the lower gut to release more GLP-1 and PYY than would be released by food alone. GLP-1 and PYY are the hormones that tell your brain “I’m full”, helping you to feel satisfied sooner and eat less.

LOVIDIA XR contains all the same ingredients as regular LOVIDIA with the addition of an herb called berberine. Used in Chinese medicine for centuries, berberine has been shown to increase the release of GLP-1 and PYY, those helpful hormones that make you feel full.

The active ingredients in both LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe).

Wait… how does this help me lose weight?

The best way to drop unwanted pounds is to eat less and move more. But eating less makes you feel hungry, which isn’t any fun, so most diets fail. LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR help you feel full faster (so you eat less) and also feel less hungry (so you’re a happy camper).

Eating less without feeling miserable makes you far more likely to stick to your diet and succeed at your weight loss goals.

How long does it take each tablet to start working?

The original LOVIDIA tablet releases its ingredients over a time period of 1-4 hours for a more short-term effect. Taking LOVIDIA about 1-2 hours before your largest meals of the day (typically lunch and dinner) gives you the hunger control benefits of LOVIDIA by the time you sit down for your meal so you’re less likely to overeat.

LOVIDIA XR has a much slower release time of 3-12 hours for all-day hunger control. This means that a LOVIDIA XR tablet taken with breakfast starts working around mid to late morning and a tablet taken at lunch will start to take effect by dinnertime.

Do I take LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR the same way?

Yes and no. Both LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. Don’t break, crush, or chew the tablet because it can affect the release timing of the ingredients.

Take one LOVIDIA tablet 1-2 hours before each of your two biggest meals of the day. This depends on your personal habits, but for a lot of people, it would be lunch and dinner.

LOVIDIA XR can be taken with meals since its effect is delayed and most people find it easier to remember to take a tablet at mealtime. The most common dosing schedule for XR is to take one with breakfast and one with lunch for all-day hunger control.

You can also take one LOVIDIA tablet and one LOVIDIA XR each day, which works really well if you’re following an intermittent fasting plan where you don’t eat first thing in the morning.

Which formula is right for me?

If your biggest struggle is overeating at mealtimes or snacking between breakfast and lunch, original LOVIDIA is a good option. If you tend to be an all-day grazer or if you have a tough time with late night snacking, LOVIDIA XR is often a better bet because of its extended release formula.

But as you can see from what some of our actual customers have to say, the main goal is to figure out what works best for you and then stick with it.

Rebecca M. says, “Lovidia has been a wonderful tool for me. I take it after breakfast. In my high stress workplace I used food/snacks as a way to stay awake or keep focused in front of the computer. Ever since I started Lovidia my cravings have greatly reduced and I find myself drinking more water instead. Lovidia also decreases my appetite when I get caught in long meetings. I feel better at the end of my day. Thank you so much!”

Lori C. says, “LOVIDIA XR really helps me feel less “snacky” and decreases my hunger in the afternoon when I feel cravings the most.”

Linda F. says, “I wanted to try something all natural that worked for me and my lifestyle. I’m a mom, work from home and can be pretty busy. I know I need to make time to exercise and eat better for overall health. I’ll do pretty well with my meals, but I’ll give into my snacking and cravings. I heard Lovidia could help with that. I gave it a try and noticed my cravings went away when I took it before my afternoon and late-night craving times. I feel better having this to keep me on track. Thanks!“

Suzan S. says, “No matter what diet I was trying I could never get past the late-night cravings. I was good at sticking to my plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner…but after about 8pm, I could not control myself. Chips, crackers, cheese, ice-cream, leftovers just seemed to get in my way. I started taking LOVIDIA XR about 3 months ago. I began to notice that after dinner, I was full! After about 3 weeks, I noticed that the late-night snacking was gone! Since then I have lost 20 pounds and I am in control of my diet!”

If you’re still not sure, try out our 3 Product Sample Pack! You’ll get to try both LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR, as well as our small, but mighty LOVIDIA Bar. 

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How to Maximize Your Results with LOVIDIA

How to Maximize Your Results with LOVIDIA

You started taking LOVIDIA, and you see positive changes in your hunger level, as well as your ability to ignore cravings. You want the benefits to continue and you’re wondering how to maximize your results.

We’ve got some helpful tips you can use to get the most bang for your buck from LOVIDIA. But before we start, if you’re not seeing the effects that you hoped for from LOVIDIA, you should check out our post “What to Do If It Feels Like LOVIDIA Isn’t Working.”

1 | Take LOVIDIA consistently

Our number one recommendation to help you maximize your results with LOVIDIA is to take the tablets consistently. What does this mean?

Once you’ve established the best times for you to take LOVIDIA, take it close to the same times every day. Not only does this help LOVIDIA work with your natural digestive process, but it makes you less likely to forget to take it.

April told us, “I didn’t get serious about taking LOVIDIA until about a month ago; prior to that I was taking it occasionally. Since taking it more regularly along with a low calorie diet, I can definitely say that it helps to control physical hunger.”

2 | Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is important for making sure your body functions properly, including your digestive system. Water helps cleanse your system and break down food effectively.

Because LOVIDIA works with your natural digestion, it’s important to drink enough water to ensure that this process is running efficiently.

3 | LOVIDIA is clinically-proven to work well with intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is very popular in the health and wellness community. Instead of focusing on what you eat, the focus is on when you eat.

There are several types of IF schedules, which makes it easier to adapt to your lifestyle. Here’s a great article on the basics of IF: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide#methods

In clinical trials, participants took LOVIDIA twice each day while following an alternate day low caloric fasting plan. Over a 13 week period, the clinical trial participants taking LOVIDIA lost an average of 14lbs and reported significantly less hunger, which let’s face it, is one of the worst parts of cutting calories.

Whether you’re restricting your calorie intake or decreasing the number of hours you eat during the day, LOVIDIA can help control your hunger and cravings. Intermittent fasting can help you get the most mileage from LOVIDIA.

Just listen to what Craig had to say about LOVIDIA, “My belly was bulging, and I seemed to have no energy to play with my kids. I recorded my weight once every week and ate regular, healthy meals 4 days a week and 3 days a week, I had “Eat-Less days” where I ate 500-800 calories. I took LOVIDIA every day and ate the LOVIDIA bars and Crispy hearts when I was feeling especially hungry. I lost 29 pounds and am feeling great!”

4 | Pay attention to your hunger level & stop eating when you’re comfortably full

There’s physical hunger that happens when your body needs food to replenish its energy. Then there’s emotional/psychological hunger that can be caused by stress, boredom, etc. Learning to tell the difference will help you maximize your results with LOVIDIA.

To get a better understanding of how to assess your hunger, take a look at this short video with Dr. Mark Tager, a medical advisor to LOVIDIA.

As Dr. Tager explains, it’s important to learn to interpret your hunger level so you can eat at the right time. You shouldn’t be eating when you’re barely hungry, but you don’t want to wait until your starving either.

5 | Get moderate exercise on a regular basis

The fact is that not only does regular exercise help your weight loss goals, it’s essential for long term overall health. The good news for those who don’t love exercise it that a moderate amount is sufficient.

LOVIDIA will help you with your health and weight loss goals, but it’s just one tool in your wellness tool box. If you want to get the most benefit from your daily LOVIDIA tablets, you also need to make smart lifestyle choices. Eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise are two other powerful and important tools.

6 | Use the LOVIDIA bar to give your hunger control an extra edge

In addition to taking two LOVIDIA or LOVIDIA XR tablets each day, you can use the LOVIDIA bar for an added hunger control boost. This small, but powerful bar can be eaten at a time when your hunger level is most intense or in place of a meal to accelerate your weight loss goals.

Using the same Gut Sensory Modulation (GSM) process as LOVIDIA tablets, the LOVIDIA bar’s natural ingredients stimulate the L-cells in your lower gut to produce more GLP-1 and PYY hormones that tell your brain, “I’m full. It’s time to stop eating.”

Lynn T said, “I always cleaned my plate… no matter what. I knew that I needed to control my portions to lose the weight, but I never felt I had the control I needed. I tried LOVIDIA and I could feel a difference in my hunger levels right away. When it was time for dinner, I was able to take smaller portions and feel satisfied with less food. I use the LOVIDIA bars as an added hunger control boost when I’m going out for a work lunch. This keeps me on track!”

Made up of a tasty blend of nuts, dates, and our proprietary hunger control blend, the LOVIDIA bar should be eaten with a full glass of water to help you conquer cravings when you need it the most.

The Takeaway

If you want to maximize your results when taking LOVIDIA, you should:
● take LOVIDIA consistently
● drink plenty of water
● try intermittent fasting
● pay attention to your hunger level
● get moderate exercise
● use the LOVIDIA bar for an extra boost of hunger control

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The LOVIDIA Troubleshooting Guide

What to Do If It Feels Like LOVIDIA Isn’t Working

You made the decision to try LOVIDIA or LOVIDIA XR, you placed your order, and you eagerly started taking the tablets as soon as the package arrived.

And now you feel… nothing.

This is definitely not what you expected so what’s going on?

First of all, we understand how frustrating it is to not see an immediate impact. But the good news is that we have some possible explanations and a bunch of helpful tips to get you moving in the right direction!

Gut Sensory Modulation takes time to have an effect.

LOVIDIA helps control hunger through the process of Gut Sensory Modulation (GSM). Here’s the nutshell version of how it works:

When you take a LOVIDIA or LOVIDIA XR tablet, the special coating allows it to pass through the early phases of digestion into the gut. Once it reaches the lower gut, the all-natural hunger control blend stimulates the sweet and bitter L-cell taste receptors. This causes the release of the PYY and GLP-1 hormones that tell your brain “I’m full” helping you to feel more satisfied sooner and eat less.

Unlike the typical weight loss pill that relies on stimulants like caffeine, LOVIDIA is working with your body’s own digestive process. This means that it often takes longer to experience the positive effects of LOVIDIA as your body adjusts its normal hunger response.

Jackie told us, “I’ve been taking the pills for about three weeks now. After a week I was ready to give up on them. They didn’t seem to be doing a thing, especially in the afternoon when I’m typically starving about 2:00. All of a sudden one day I looked at the clock and it was 4:00. Huh. How about that?! Surprisingly, this continued. In the morning I could now make it to lunch without snacking. So this whole past week I’ve eaten 3 meals a day without suffering in the least.”

If you’ve only been taking LOVIDIA for a few days, give it time to take effect. Consistency is key so try to take LOVIDIA around the same time each day when you know you’ll need it most. This brings us to the next point.

Different people experience hunger at different times.

We suggest that you start by taking LOVIDIA 1-2 hours prior to your two largest meals OR you can take LOVIDIA XR with meals twice a day. Keep in mind that this isn’t the only option. It’s simply a starting point based on results from clinical trials and customer feedback.

Sheri called us after she’d been taking LOVIDIA for a few days and had only noticed a small effect. She explained that her most intense cravings came at night, and that was when she often gave into her craving for a dessert. A LOVIDIA customer care member suggested that she take one tablet with lunch and one with dinner to better fit her time of peak hunger. After making the changes, Sheri experienced a noticeable effect and no longer craved her usual dessert.

If you notice that your most intense cravings come at night, try adjusting the times you take LOVIDIA.

LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR work differently so be sure to use them appropriately.

The original LOVIDIA formulation is designed to have more of a short term effect. You’ll probably begin noticing the hunger control benefits 1-4 hours after taking the tablet.

If you take a LOVIDIA tablet 1-2 hours prior to lunch or dinner, you should notice that you feel full faster during your meal and feel less temptation to overeat. Stop eating when you feel comfortably full.

LOVIDIA XR is an extended release formula that lasts longer, but also takes more time to start working. You can expect to feel the hunger-lowering effect 3-12+ hours from the time you take a tablet.

Taking one LOVIDIA XR tablet with breakfast will typically help reduce hunger and increase fullness at your next meal. For people who have trouble with snacking in the evening or late night, it’s often more helpful to take one LOVIDIA XR tablet with lunch and one with dinner.

You can read more about the differences between LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR here.

Monitor your hunger level to pick up on subtle changes.

Because LOVIDIA’s effect can vary day-to-day depending on your diet and activity level, it can be hard to be sure it’s working. One way to help make the effects of LOVIDIA more obvious is to monitor your hunger level throughout the day. It only takes a few seconds, but it can make a big difference.

A few times during the day, stop what you’re doing and ask yourself, “how hungry am I right now?” Notice if you’re not feeling any hunger, your hunger is mild but manageable, or you’re so hungry you could eat your own arm. Note the time and when you last ate.

By identifying the times you’re most hungry, you’ll have a better idea of when you need LOVIDIA to help you conquer your cravings and keep hunger at bay. You’ll also be able to tell whether LOVIDIA or LOVIDIA XR is the right formula for you.

Katie reviewed LOVIDIA XR and said, “I haven’t noticed dramatic results, however, I am starting to notice subtle changes in appetite! I’m the type of person who can’t go very long without being hungry, but I am noticing that I can go for longer periods of time feeling full since taking Lovidia XR.”

The Bottom Line

If you feel like LOVIDIA isn’t working, the most likely reason is that the hunger control formula hasn’t had enough time to take effect. To get things moving in the right direction, you can:

● Try taking LOVIDIA at different times of day to fit your peak times of hunger
● Monitor your hunger level to observe subtle changes
● Take LOVIDIA close to the time you need it to be effective, and take LOVIDIA XR on a regular schedule (Tip: Use the LOVIDIA App to remind you when to take XR.)

If you still don’t feel a noticeable effect after following these suggestions, it may be that you don’t respond to LOVIDIA due to GLP-1 insensitivity, the make-up of your gut flora, or for genetic difference that make us all unique.

Our clinical studies have shown the LOVIDIA works for most people but not for everyone. That’s why we provide our 30-day money back guarantee.

Please contact our Customer Care team at info@lovidia.com for support and questions.

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What’s in LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR?

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What’s in LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR?

It’s always smart to do your research before starting a new supplement. We also recommend that you talk to your doctor, especially if you have questions about specific health concerns or medications.

The active ingredients in LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, non-stimulatory, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe).

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LOVIDIA

The patented hunger control blend in LOVIDIA is made up of Stevia leaf extract, L-glutamine, L-leucine, lysine hydrochloride, and pomegranate fruit extract.

L-glutamine, L-leucine, and lysine hydrochloride are amino acids.

Other ingredients, used for binding purposes and to make the tablet coating, include dextrose, sodium alginate, modified cellulose, silicone dioxide, magnesium stearate, medium chain triglycerides, oleic acid, glycerin and stearic acid. All ingredients are GRAS.

LOVIDIA XR

The extended release (XR) formula in LOVIDIA XR includes the same ingredients as the original LOVIDIA tablet with the addition of berberine.

Berberine is an herb that has been shown in studies to boost production of GLP-1 and PYY, the hormones that tell your brain “I’m full” and signal that you should stop eating.

Are these ingredients safe?

All the ingredients in both LOVIDIA and LOVIDIA XR are generally recognized as safe. Neither tablet contains caffeine, other stimulants, or fat blockers. LOVIDIA works with your body’s natural digestive process to help you feel full faster and conquer cravings.

Are there any side effects?

Some customers taking LOVIDIA XR have experienced mild bloating and nausea due to the berberine. If you have a highly sensitive gastrointestinal system and are prone to stomach upset, we suggest you start with one LOVIDIA XR tablet per day for the first week.

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Weight Loss Program FAQs

For many of us, losing weight is a little like the movie Groundhog Day. We wake up on a Monday and decide to start a diet. We’re going to cut out carbs, forgo wine with dinner, crush it in the gym, and never, ever eat ice cream again.  

And by Friday, we’ve given up. It’s been a stressful week. We need that glass of wine, those carbs, and that ice cream. And who has time for the gym?

Another diet ends in disaster. You’ll try again next week, maybe.

We’ve all been there. Losing weight is hard. In fact, most statistics show it’s nearly impossible to lose weight through dieting alone.

And that’s where weight loss programs come in. A serious weight loss program can make the difference between another diet disappointment and “success, at last!”

What’s the difference between a diet and a weight loss program?

The best way to illustrate the difference between a diet and a weight loss program is to use a food analogy.

 

Dieting is like trying to make an extremely complex dish ― something like eggs benedict of macarons ― by following a recipe.

The most effective weight loss program, on the other hand, is like an in-depth course, designed and taught by a world-class culinary arts instructor, on how to make the dish.  

Which approach do you think will be more successful?

Studies show people are both more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lose more weight when using a weight loss program compared to dieting alone.

Weight loss programs provide two elements that dieting on your own lacks:

  • Structure ― A good weight loss program provides you with a step-by-step, day-by-day personalized plan for reaching your goals.
  • Support ― The best weight loss program also will include personalized coaching to guide you through challenges and keep you accountable and motivated.

Now that we’ve seen the benefits of a weight loss program, let’s look at how and when weight loss programs work.

How do weight loss programs work?

To a great extent, all weight loss is ultimately a matter of calories consumed versus calories burned. When you eat more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight, and when you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll lose weight.

So, all of the best healthy weight loss programs work based on the same basic premise: You must create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight.

You can create a calorie deficit in three ways:

  1. Take in fewer calories while maintaining your current exercise routine and activity level
  2. Increase your exercise and activity to burn more calories while eating the same diet
  3. Combine a restricted-calorie diet with increased exercise to maximize weight loss

So, the simplest answer to “How do weight loss programs work?” is: by helping people create a calorie deficit that is sufficient to produce weight loss.

Beyond that, however, weight loss diet programs vary as widely as fingerprints and snowflakes in terms of the specific approach they employ to create a calorie deficit ― the program’s individual philosophy and macronutrient targets.

So, let’s break this into two separate questions: “How does weight loss work?” (the universal strategy behind all weight loss); and “How do weight loss programs work?” (the specific tactics weight loss programs use to achieve the strategy).

We will look at each topic individually.

1) How does weight loss work?

As we’ve already noted, all weight loss works on a recipe of calories in versus calories out.

For many years, there was a relatively simple mathematical formula for weight loss that many dieters know well.

Based on a paper by Dr. Max Wishnofsky in 1958 and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it posited that a person had to burn around 3,500 calories more than they took in to lose one pound of body weight.

For most of the 50 years that followed, it was widely accepted that a person could lose about one pound per week by cutting an extra 500 calories per day from their diet, since 500 calories a day times seven days equals 3,500 calories.

However, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have recently concluded that the 3,500-calorie formula doesn’t work.

Something told them the formula was flawed when they reviewed decades of anecdotal evidence that dieters following the formula were not losing weight at the rate promised.

So, the NIH enlisted the help of mathematician Kevin Hall, who revised the formula to account for “metabolic adaptation,” changes in how the human body burns calories ― slowing metabolism ― as it adapts to dieting and exercise.

“The biggest flaw with the 500-calorie rule is that it assumes weight loss will continue in a linear fashion over time,” Hall told Runner’s World. “That’s not the way the body responds. The body is a very dynamic system, and a change in one part of the system always produces changes in other parts.”

According to Hall’s calculations, a person has to cut or burn closer to 7,000 calories to produce a pound of weight loss.

The National Institutes of Health even used Hall’s findings to create a Body Weight Planner food and activity tool to help dieters see how many calories they should eat per day to reach their weight loss goals based on their current weight and exercise routine.

It is accompanied by a SuperTracker tool that provides a personalized meal plan based on your calorie results from the Body Weight Planner.

“I suppose some people will be bummed out,” Hall said of the higher number of calories required to make weight loss programs work. “But we believe it’s better to have an accurate assessment of what you might lose.”

The more accurate number also may help dieters have the realistic expectations and patience needed to stick with a nutrition program for weight loss for the long-term so it has a chance to work, no matter how long it takes to reach their goals.

Now that we’ve seen how weight loss works, let’s take a take a look at how specific weight loss diet programs work.

2) How do weight loss programs work?

As mentioned above, even though all weight loss is based on the same strategy (creating a calorie deficit), different weight loss food programs use a wide range of philosophies and features to create the deficit, as well as macronutrient targets ― the nutritional mix they believe will best produce effective weight loss.

Here’s a review of how some popular at home weight loss programs work:

Weight Watchers

  • Foods and beverages are assigned point values based on their nutritional merits
  • Members count points and stick to a daily target based on their gender, weight, height and age
  • Members choose from an online-only program, or upgrade, for an additional cost, with meetings and/or personal coaching

Atkins

  • Some foods are restricted, including sugars and simple carbohydrates such as white bread, potatoes and rice
  • Members buy food from the program, including low-carb meal kits, frozen meals, shakes, bars, treats and fresh meal ingredients

Nutrisystem

  • Some foods are restricted; allowed foods include lean protein, high-fiber foods and low-glycemic carbs
  • Members eat six times a day ― a small meal or snack every two to three hours
  • Members buy food from the program, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks

The LOVIDIA Way

  • No foods are off limits; instead, the program emphasizes smart choices and healthy food swaps
  • Up to several days a week, on “Eat-Less Days,” customers eat only about one-third of their typical daily caloric intake
  • To avoid metabolic reset (where metabolism slows down in response to lower calorie consumption), customers enjoy at least one normal eating day between Eat-Less Days
  • Lovidia Hunger-Control Supplements, bars and hearts reduce hunger and cravings to improve program adherence
  • All customers receive personalized coaching as an included feature

As you can see from just these few examples, there are both similarities in the way the highest rated weight loss programs work as well as significant differences.

Other weight loss diet programs such as Jenny Craig, Slim-Fast, Medifast, BistroMD and the South Beach Diet follow the basic formula of calorie reduction, but each program also offers unique features such as packaged foods, nutrition education, and coaching.

The same is true of doctor weight loss programs. There are literally thousands of weight loss clinics across the country, including physicians weight loss programs, that follow the basic weight loss recipe of balanced nutrition, calorie restriction and regular exercise to create a calorie deficit but vary in the specific tactics they use.

What is the best weight loss program?

Everybody’s body is unique, so the weight loss program that works for your best friend or your sister may not work for you.

As Alexandra Sifferlin writes in Time, “Individual responses to different diets ― from low fat and vegan to low carb and paleo ― vary enormously,” adding that “… scientists are showing that the key to weight loss appears to be highly personalized.”

So, rather than asking what’s the best weight loss program, the better question is, “Which weight loss program will work for me?” And that’s exactly the question we’ll help you answer in the next section.

Having said that, though, there are certain elements that any successful weight loss program should have.

The most effective weight loss program:

  • Sets realistic expectations ― striving for a supermodel body is a surefire way to suffer a letdown
  • Is simple and easy to stick with ― if a program seems too complex, it is
  • Uses nutritional science, not “willpower” ― any program that forces you to constantly fight hunger is doomed to fail
  • Focuses on your overall health and lifestyle habits, not just what you eat
  • Stresses the role of sleep, stress management and daily exercise in weight loss and management
  • Offers coaching, motivation and support to help you past obstacles and plateaus
  • Has proven results

Since this is a broad topic, we cover each of these points and more in much greater detail in a dedicated post titled, “What is the best weight loss program?” Give it a read!

Which weight loss program will work for me?

In many ways, answering the question, “Which weight loss program will work for me?” depends as much on you than the program itself.

According to Frank Sacks, a weight loss researcher and professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “Some people on a diet program lose 60 pounds and keep it off for two years, and other people follow the same program religiously, and they gain 5 pounds.”

That’s why the “best weight loss program for me” is one that treats you as an individual and accounts for personal factors such as your health, your activity level, and your likes and dislikes.

Ask yourself these questions when considering a weight loss program:

How much weight do I want to lose?

The more clear you are about your goals, the more targeted your program can be in helping you get there. And the more targeted the program is, the more likely you are to reach your goals.

How long will it take?

When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race every time. Studies have shown people who lose too much weight, too quickly, almost always gain the weight back. Choose a program that fits your timeframe for reaching your goals.

That’s why the LOVIDIA Way stresses gradual, sustainable weight loss ― 1 to 2 pounds per week (though your weight loss may be faster at the start of a program) or 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight within 3 months.

Am I physically able to do a weight loss program?

Ask your doctor to review any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might impact your results or be affected by the requirements of the weight loss program. The best weight loss program is always the safest weight loss program.

What level of support will be best for me?

No matter which weight loss program you choose, you are going to run into obstacles. There will be work and family stress that drains motivation, plateaus that cause frustration, and holiday get-togethers filled with temptations.

Choosing a program like The LOVIDIA Way that includes personal coaching will assure that you have the support and motivation you need to make it through rough patches.

Is it a program you can live with?

Be honest with yourself about your food preferences and your willingness to adjust your eating habits. A weight loss program shouldn’t seem like punishment.

Beware of programs that force you to starve yourself, give up your favorite foods, eat packaged foods for months on end, or eat foods you don’t like.

The same goes for exercise. If a program pushes you to exercise too hard, you’ll spend every minute of it dreaming about quitting … until you do quit.

How much time do I have for a weight loss program?

Some weight loss programs are time consuming. They may require you to spend time counting points, measuring portions, or learning a whole new way of cooking.

When asking “Which weight loss program will work for me?” think about how much time you can commit in your day, every day, for the work involved with a particular weight loss program.

In general, the simpler a program is, the less burden it is on your time, the more likely you are to stick with it. The most effective weight loss program is one that’s easiest to fit into your life.

Are online weight loss programs effective?

The Internet is chock full of tools and information that empowers people to lose weight, including access to great online weight loss programs like The LOVIDIA Way.

Online weight loss programs offer features like grocery lists, recipes, week-by-week meal plans, articles on fitness and nutrition, live support, and even one-on-one counseling and coaching. Best of all, you can do a weight loss program at home!

We cover the benefits of online weight loss programs in greater detail in this dedicated post about online weight loss programs.

Are there weight loss programs without surgery?

Of course there are weight loss programs without surgery!

For most people, weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is a last resort after they’ve tried a nutrition program for weight loss without surgery.

There are several different types of weight loss or bariatric surgery. Here’s a look at some of the most common types of weight loss surgery:

Gastric bypass weight loss surgery: In gastric bypass surgery, the patient’s stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch, and the smaller pouch is connected directly to the small intestine.

This significantly reduces the amount of food the patient’s stomach can hold, since food is directed to the smaller pouch and “bypasses” the rest of the stomach.

The idea of how gastric bypass weight loss surgery works is that, due to the smaller stomach capacity, the patient will eat less after surgery.

Adjustable gastric band weight loss surgery: In gastric band surgery, the surgeon places a ring with an inner inflatable band around the top of the patient’s stomach to create a small pouch.

Similar to gastric bypass surgery, this is designed to make the patient feel full after eating a small amount of food.

Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery: Gastric sleeve surgery goes a step further than gastric bypass or gastric band surgery by actually removing a large portion of the patient’s stomach so that all that remains is a narrow “sleeve.”

The concept of how gastric sleeve weight loss surgery works is similar the idea behind other types of weight loss surgery ― the patient can only eat small amounts of food at any given time.

It is believed that Gastric sleeve surgery also reduces production of ghrelin, a stomach hormone that drives hunger.

Electric implant weight loss surgery: In electrical implant weight loss surgery, a small device is implanted in the patient’s abdomen.

The device delivers electrical pulses to the vagus nerve, which tells the brain when the stomach is full. The patient can control the device to try to reduce hunger and control eating.

All weight loss surgery requires a patient to limit how much she eats after surgery ― and all weight loss surgery comes with health risks and side effects. Common side effects of weight loss surgery include nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, increased gas and dizziness. Another possible side effect is the formation of gallstones due to losing weight too quickly.

Due to the health risks, weight loss surgery is usually reserved for those who are extremely obese (body mass index of 30 or more) and/or have serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease caused by being overweight.

Does insurance cover weight loss programs?

Health insurance plans vary widely in coverage, so there is no easy “yes” or “no” answer when asking, “Does insurance cover weight loss programs?” It should also be noted that federal regulation of health insurance is subject to change at any time.

The Affordable Care Act, passed during the Obama administration and still in effect as of publication of this post, requires insurance companies to cover obesity screening and counseling at no cost to policyholders.

Free obesity screening is part of the Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on preventive care ― covered services designed to identify risks factors that contribute to chronic disease.

The idea is that screening to detect whether a patient is overweight gives health care providers an opportunity to develop a treatment plan that can help the patient lose weight and, thereby, reduce the risk of obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis.

It is important to point out here that not all health insurance policies are Affordable Care Act compliant. Some insurance providers have chosen to opt out of the ACA “marketplace.”

However, any health insurance policy sold on a state health insurance marketplace will cover obesity screening and counseling. If screening shows a policyholder’s body mass index (BMI) to be over 30, the policyholder then qualifies for free (covered) weight loss counseling services.

Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is not terribly specific about what these counseling services should encompass.

And the picture of does insurance cover weight loss programs becomes even murkier when it comes to actual treatment of obesity ― including the cost of participating in a weight loss program ― depending to a great extent on where a policyholder lives and the plan they have.

According to the Obesity Society, only four states ― California, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Michigan ― plus the District of Columbia chose benchmark plans that require insurance to cover weight loss programs as an essential health benefit.

Twenty-two states, including the four mentioned above, chose benchmark plans that require insurance cover bariatric surgery, while 28 states chose plans that cover neither weight loss programs nor bariatric surgery.

What’s more, even people whose insurance covers weight loss programs are never formally diagnosed and, therefore, do not access the services outlined in their insurance plans.

“This could go hand-in-hand with coverage: If doctors aren’t being paid to treat obesity, they may not see any benefit in making a formal diagnosis,” says Scott Kahan, spokesperson for The Obesity Society.

These two barriers to care ― no insurance for medical weight loss support and lack of initial diagnosis ― can negatively impact people with obesity or overweightas they seek support from those most adept, trained weight-loss professionals,” adds Kahan.

To determine whether your insurance covers weight loss programs, check with your company’s benefits director or call your insurance provider directly.

Which weight loss programs are for beginners?

If you are a beginner to weight loss diet programs, there are a few things you should know and accept from the start.

One is that, in a sense, all weight loss food programs are for beginners ― meaning that if a weight loss program is effective and works, you shouldn’t need to use another weight loss program in the future.

Looking at this another way, if you are very “experienced” with weight loss programs ― if you have been on several different programs without success ― either you have chosen the wrong weight loss programs in the past, or you are not following the programs properly.

So, if you are a beginner, it’s important to choose the best healthy weight loss program from the start. Specifically, you’ll want to examine the program’s features, safety, costs and results based on clinical trials.

For tips on evaluating weight loss diet programs, read our previous post, Everything You Need to Know about Weight Loss Programs ― Including Which Is Best for You.

Which weight loss programs are for type 2 diabetics?

For a review of weight loss programs for type 2 diabetes, click here.

Are there weight loss programs for busy moms?

There are lots of challenges for weight loss programs for busy moms, not the least of which is … moms are busy!

Busy moms don’t have time to spend hours planning out meals, counting calories or working their butts off in the gym.

So, the best program for busy moms is the easiest weight loss program.

On the surface, then, it would seem weight loss food programs that offer packaged meals and snacks would be perfect for busy moms, but if you’re a busy mom who also prepares most of the meals in your house, packaged foods present a problem: What do you feed your family?

Not only do you have to spend all that time (you’re busy ― you don’t have time!) preparing separate meals for your family, you also have to watch them eating the food you lovingly made while you eat food that came in a cardboard box.

For this reason, the best at home weight loss programs for busy moms are ones that offer food choices mom and the whole family can eat and enjoy.

We must point out here that children and minors should never follow a restricted-calorie diet or weight loss program unless one has been recommended by a doctor for medical reasons.

But there are plenty of at home weight loss programs such as The LOVIDIA Way that are based on nutritional balance and portion control ― in other words, sensible eating ― and since no foods are “off limits,” a family can still enjoy meals together.

Which are the best weight loss programs for athletes?

Athletes have to be especially cautious about weight loss programs.

An athlete’s body uses up huge amounts of energy. Strenuous exercise and training breaks down muscle, wears at joint tissue, and strains the heart and lungs. So, an athlete’s body needs calories and nutrients to feed muscles and fuel organ function and tissue repair.

Calories are the energy found in food. Your body burns calories for energy. Athletes have to be careful about weight loss programs that require them to drastically cut calories or eliminate certain foods from their diets to lose weight.

If an athlete isn’t getting enough calories or is missing key nutrients because of a restricted-calorie diet, she will feel weak, lack endurance, and be more prone to injury.

Therefore, the best weight loss programs for athletes are ones that stress balanced eating, with plenty of vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats.

What if I have more questions?

When in doubt, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. Tell him or her you’re concerned about your weight and that you’re considering making a lifestyle change. Write down any questions or concerns you have and bring them with you to the appointment.

Bring literature from any weight loss plans you are considering so your physician can help you assess their safety and which program is likely to work best for you. This is especially true if you have a medical condition such as type 2 diabetes or take any medication that affects your weight.

Finally, you’ll find more information on weight loss programs in the related posts below: