Evaluating best programs for sustained weight loss

Q: I have been overweight for a good part of my life, and I just went through a breakup with my fiance that has left me depressed. It’s kind of funny since he left me because he said I was depressed and that I wasn’t “fun to be around.”

Well, that certainly didn’t fix the problem.

After reading your column in the Independent Mail, I have decided that enough is enough and that I must lose the weight, so I can be happy and be more confident.

My friends suggested that I join Weight Watchers and start their program. They said that I could lose about one to two pounds a week and that I would be happy with the people involved with the program. I heard a lot about your Ultra Fit program and I wanted to ask you if there was a difference in your program and Weight Watchers. What can I expect from Ultra Fit?

Is there a support group that comes with your program?

Any information that you can give me would be helpful.

— Mary Jo

A: First, I would like to say that Weight Watchers is one of the better programs out there and that it can be a good prerequisite to beginning Ultra Fit if you have a lot of time and patience. Weight Watchers has a good support group and a fairly healthy diet and has a lot of great benefits. It can help you to lose some weight and be healthier.

With that in mind, why would someone come to or graduate to Ultra Fit or use the Ultra Fit program to get in shape?

Simply put, it is the best program for maximum results in minimal time.

Ultra Fit is intended to help to firm and tone, increase strength, improve health and your quality of life, increase energy levels and have lasting success.

The healthiest, best and fastest way to get in shape and stay in shape is through a good, progressive strength training and exercise program.

Anytime we put specific demands on the body (with exercise, in this case), we must also nourish the body with the nutrients it needs to recover, replenish and restore so that we can improve our metabolic rate and burn more fat.

I have an important saying that I use everyday: Food is not the problem. Food is the solution.

We must eat more quality foods and more meals per day to get the best results.

We must slowly add calories and more quality nutrients if we wish to be healthy and lose weight without hitting a plateau. Most programs continue to restrict calories and take away. This will cause a loss of some weight, but unfortunately most of the weight lost is muscle. The loss of muscle will leave a person with saggy skin and no muscle tone.

By losing muscle, you will also slow down your metabolic rate and cause your weight loss to slow down, plateau and eventually fall short of your goals.

By implementing the Ultra Fit program with proper training techniques, we are able to increase lean muscle, restore glycogen (fuel storage in the muscle) and improve and sustain energy levels. We also improve our metabolic rate, which will allow us to ingest more quality calories, more meals and achieve even greater success.

What is better than being able to eat more, enjoy some delicious foods, easily implement the program and achieve incredible success in a short period of time?

Ultra Fit is simple and fun and produces fast and dramatic results.

In just six weeks, a female who has the weight to lose can expect to lose 20-25 pounds and a male 35-40 pounds in the same period of time.

As far as support, the trainers are so supportive you won’t even know how to get rid of them. They become part of your daily routine with regular emails, phone calls and constant support and motivation.

In focusing on your situation, Mary Jo, you deserve the best. Nobody, not even a fiance, should allow us to feel depressed. This is your life. This is your time to shine and be your best.

We are here to help you. I only ask to be there when your ex-fiance sees you looking lean, shapely, beautiful and happier than ever.

I can already picture the look on his face.

John Defendis is the director of fitness and Coop’s Health and Fitness in Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg

*Results may vary from person to person.

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