Evaluation of a Weight-Loss Plan or Program Describe the food program promoted by the publication or organization. Is the program flexible enough to allow people with different food choice...

Evaluation of a Weight-Loss Plan or Program

  1. Describe the food program promoted by the publication or organization. Is the program flexible enough to allow people with different food choice preferences and lifestyles to use it successfully? Is it adaptable and easy to follow? Does it provide variety? Does the program provide for weight maintenance after the goal weight is achieved?
  2. Describe how the plan works. Does it require substantial registration fees, mandatory purchase of various items or foods, attendance at a minimum number of meetings?
  3. Evaluate whether the plan offers a nutritionally sound way to lose weight. What characteristics make it sound or unsound?
Expert Answers
jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You can choose which plan or program to analyze; one you could look at is Nutrisystem. The online system asks a user for his/her weight and height and then customizes a menu plan for that person. The system allows the user to choose from certain menu items, and the user can order these foods online and have them shipped to their house. The website also encourages users to exercise, but that is not part of their plan. 

This plan is not very flexible, as people have to order pre-packaged food from the company and cannot eat out or travel on the plan. Although there are different menu choices, there isn't as great a variety as dieters would have if they chose food at a market. The portion sizes of the meals are controlled; however, if people try to maintain their weight without ordering from Nutrisystem, they may not be able to. In other words, people won't necessarily be able to control their portion sizes and eat a certain number of calories if they don't order the food from the system. In addition, the plan promises that people can lose up to 13 pounds in the first month, which might be too much to be medically sound for certain people. Any plan that promises to make people lose weight fast, as Nutrisystem does, may not be medically sound.