For reliable information, see What You Should Know About Popular Diets(link is external). Weight-loss diets have been popular for many years. In fact, many people have followed a weight-loss diet at one time or another. Unfortunately, most results are not permanent and some pose serious health risks. The popular low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet is an example of a strict weight-loss program that may carry potentially serious health risks.
Before you begin any weight-loss program, it is wise to speak to a qualified healthcare provider such as an RD for advice on a program that is right for you. RDs are health professionals who are trained to provide counseling on nutrition and eating habits. They can provide personalized dietary advice, taking into consideration your health status, lifestyle and food preferences. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can help you locate an RD who specializes in weight management with Find a Registered Dietitian(link is external).
You may find some useful information on the web about weight loss and healthy eating. This is only for educational purposes and does not take the place of personalized advice from a qualified healthcare provider who is familiar with your particular situation. Although the web can provide useful information, some of the information can be inaccurate or misleading. Many sites devoted to weight loss are marketing special products.
These resources provide more information about weight-loss programs:
- The Weight Management and Obesity Resource List(link is external) (PDF | 460KB) lists reputable educational materials.
- Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program(link is external) from the WIN
- Interested In Losing Weight?(link is external) from our sister site, Nutrition.gov
- Weight Management(link is external) from our sister site, Nutrition.gov