To lose weight, you need a sensible diet and regular exercise. When considering which weight-loss plan to follow, keep in mind these factors compiled by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:
The plan you choose should reduce calories but not forbid certain foods or food groups.
The plan should include regular exercise. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
The plan should aim for weight loss of three-quarters of a pound to 2 pounds a week.
The plan should offer specific ideas for how to keep the weight off after you lose it.