Should You Pay for a Diet/Weight Loss Program? – An Expert Opinion
If you’re interested in losing weight and getting leaner, then you may have considered paying for a training program from a personal trainer, or perhaps even a TV personality. This is what many of us consider to be the ‘last resort’ – giving up complete control over our diets, our training regimes and even certain aspects of our lifestyle. The view is that we have tried and failed to lose weight on our own, so why not hand over the reins to someone else and see if they can do better?
The only slight problem with this mentality is that those training programs will very often tend to cost a fair amount of money. They are also often written by someone living miles away and with no personal connection to us. These are generic fitness programs, shipped wholesale in an impersonal manner to us via the internet.
But if it works, then none of that really matters. So, that is the question then: does it work?
The answer, of course, is very much dependent on precisely who is selling the program and what the program consists of. The reality is that these programs vary from seller to seller and you, unfortunately, do not always get what you pay for.
So, let us consider an example. In this case: the high-profile programs being sold by Joe Wicks in the UK. In Britain, Joe is a somewhat-well-known TV personality who also happens to make money selling ‘personalized’ programs for people wanting to lose weight. Users enter their current stats and their goals and then a program is sent over the course of 9 months. Every three months, they report back on how their efforts have worked (or otherwise) and they will then get a revised program taking those changes into account.
These programs are not that personalized though. Rather, one of several ‘readymade’ programs are sent to you based on your answers and only the name on the PDF is truly ‘personalized’.
The programs are also relatively short (in terms of the written content you receive) and consist of a few exercises and a few meal plans.
They are nothing special either. In this case, the program revolves around two simple concepts: HIIT and carb backloading. The meals are intended to be simple and easy to make and generally fairly low-carb and high protein, with a few weight-loss superfoods packed in for good measure. While they claim to be simple, they will take most people a fair while to prepare.
But Do They Work?
But with all that said, I recently saw first-hand that a program like this could work. Even though all that same information is available online (completely free) and even though I could have written a program for him; a friend of mine paid for one of these programs and transformed his body shape after years of trying. Then I saw it happen again with a relative.
Perhaps it is the placebo of knowing the plan is ‘expert approved’. Maybe it’s the motivation of knowing you’ve paid for something. But either way, it seems like these programs can work.
But that doesn’t mean they offer good value for money…
Dr.Vidhi Jain has over 7 years of experience as a Physiotherapist. She has a Masters in Physiotherapy in Orthopedics and is currently practicing at Vinayak Physiotherapy in Noida as HOD of the Physiotherapy Department. She has been nominated as ‘Best Physiotherapy Consultant’ in Noida & firmly believes in health care that is based on a personal commitment to meet patient needs with compassion and care.
She also writes for Medlife International Private Limited, an online pharmacy store operating in India offering home delivery of authentic prescription medicines at discounted prices.