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Choosing a weight-loss program may be a difficult task. You may not know what to look for in a weight-loss program or what questions to ask. This fact sheet can help you talk to your health care professional about weight loss and get the best information before choosing a program.

Talk With Your Health Care Professional


If your health care provider tells you that you should lose weight and you want to find a weight-loss program to help you, look for one that is based on regular physical activity and an eating plan that is balanced, healthy, and easy to follow.

You may want to talk with your doctor or other health care professional about controlling your weight before you decide on a weight-loss program. Even if you feel uncomfortable talking about your weight with your doctor, remember that he or she is there to help you improve your health. Here are some tips:
  • Tell your provider that you would like to talk about your weight. Share your concerns about any medical conditions you have or medicines you are taking.
  • Write down your questions in advance.
  • Bring pen and paper to take notes.
  • Bring a friend or family member along for support if this will make you feel more comfortable.
  • Make sure you understand what your health care provider is saying. Ask questions if there is something you do not understand.
  • Ask for other sources of information like brochures or websites.
  • If you want more support, ask for a referral to a registered dietitian, a support group, or a commercial weight-loss program.
  • Call your provider after your visit if you have more questions or need help.


Additional Resources Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Phone: (202) FTC-HELP (382-4357)
Toll-free number: 1-877-382-4357
Internet: www.ftc.gov/index.html

For the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publication Weight Loss: Finding a Weight Loss Program that Works for You, go to http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/health/wgtloss.pdf..

For the FTC publication Weighing the Evidence in Diet Ads, go to www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/health/evidence.htm.

International Food Information Council Foundation
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 296-6540
Internet: http://www.ific.org/



Weight-control Information Network

Bethesda, MD 20892-3665
Phone: (202) 828-1025
Toll-free number: 1-877-946-4627
FAX: (202) 828-1028
Email: WIN@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/

The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the Federal Government’s lead agency responsible for biomedical research on nutrition and obesity. Authorized by Congress (Public Law 103-43), WIN provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based health information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues. Publications produced by WIN are reviewed by both NIDDK scientists and outside experts. This fact sheet was also reviewed by Susan Z. Yanovski, M.D., Director, Obesity and Eating Disorders Program and Co-Director, Office of Obesity Research, NIDDK.

This publication is not copyrighted. WIN encourages users of this fact sheet to duplicate and distribute as many copies as desired.

Additional Sites:
  • Active Karma - Information for personalized, interactive and sustainable online weight control program. Includes nutrition, fitness tips, and stress counseling.
  • ADietDirectory.com - Offers a directory of sites including clinics, recipes, support groups, and weight management tools.
  • Advanced Body Mass Index Calculator - Calculates your body mass index and shows statistics to compare your body to others of the same height, sex and age. Handles pediatric and older adult ages.
  • All About Diet Plans - Reviews diet plans and offers recommendations, dieting tips and information.
  • Am I Fat? - Find out if you are overweight and what can be done about it. Includes an overview of obesity, weight tables, calorie requirements, and a forum.
  • Analyzing Weight Loss - Analyzing different methods including fads, natural diets and exercise.
  • BBC Online Health - Fighting Fat - Details on how to keep to a healthy weight, eat well and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.
  • Calorie Counter - Lose weight through healthy eating and exercise. Support, diet tips and chat room.
  • Calorie Database - Contains a wealth of nutritional information on individual food items, with detailed breakdown of calories, carb, fat, and various vitamins and minerals.
  • Calorie Management - Offers menu tools for weight loss and control for health, for life.
  • Calorie-Count.com - Offers a searchable directory of nutrition facts and printable food labels. Includes a daily calorie requirement tool to determine daily calorie needs.
  • CalorieKing.com - A diet portal featuring free diet plans and programmes with a powerful online diet diary.
  • CalorieLab.com - Weight loss and calorie calculators and information.
  • Calories Per Hour.com - Calculates calories for hundreds of activities and foods, BMI and BMR. Includes fat loss tips and information on diet, weight loss and calories.
  • CBC Consumers: Dying to be Thin - An in depth look at the risks associated with diet drugs.
  • CBC Witness: Diet Wars - The battle between millionaire diet experts and the stunning revelation that 95% of diets do not work.
  • Diet and Fitness by iVillage.com - Diet tips, information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, health calculator, find a workout, keyboard yoga and online chats and discussions.
  • Diet Food Facts - Comprehensive nutritional food statistics directory for dieting. Articles cover various diet plans, calories, carbohydrates and food fats. Tools include body fat and BMI, waist circumference chart, and calories burned by activity.
  • Diet Information - Providing an overview of commercial and popular diet plans.
  • Diet Tips - Has articles, links, and reviews about dieting, nutrition, exercise, and other heath related issues. Contribute an article to be considered for posting.
  • Diet Tips and Tricks - Diet tips that explains what negative calorie and fat burning foods are, benefits of exercise, and tips for keeping a diet.
  • The Dieter's Notebook - Offers feature articles and links from Suite 101.
  • Dieting Review - Reviews the general guidelines and the positive and negative aspects of most popular diets. Contains a selection of weight loss tools and a forum.
  • Diet-Links.com - Provides a directory of diet and weight loss links, updated news and hot sites.
  • Diets Guide - Offers advice on choosing from the many popular diets. Also offers guides to additional resources for dieting support and weight loss information.
  • Dr. Weight Loss - Written by a doctor and includes sections on cosmetic surgery, diet and nutrition recommended reading.
  • Eat Fat and Grow Slim - A simple explanation of how most people get fat and how they can easily become slim again without starving or enduring unpleasant diets. Written by Richard Mackarness, M.B.,B.S.
  • Fad Diet - A collection of fad diets, tips and tricks.
  • Fat Burning Foods - What foods will boost the metabolism and help lose weight in a healthy way.
  • Feeling Fat.net - Online guide to resources covering dieting, exercising, slimming and losing weight.
  • FitDay.com - Free online diet and fitness journal. Input foods, activities, and goals to create individual progress reports.
  • Food and Diet - An information portal for diets, recipes, fitness, and support to help lose weight and get in shape.
  • Free Diet Tips - Resource for weight loss and exercise information, and low fat recipes.
  • Free-WeightLoss.com - Offers dieters free information and resources including chat, links, and professional articles.
  • The Hacker's Diet - Billed as "how to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition," this is a serious weight loss program written from an engineering and management perspective.
  • Health Link MCW - An Article about obesity and some helpful tips.
  • 24 Hour Fitness - Offers a summary of ten of the most popular diets on the market today, the benefits and disadvantages of each plan and whether the plan can be maintained for life.
  • If Not Dieting, Then What - Dr. Rick Kausman - Provides help and support for people to achieve and maintain a healthy, comfortable weight without being deprived of food or losing quality of life.
  • John La Puma, M.D. - Food and medical information, and recipes, from a physician and professionally trained chef.
  • KeepKidsHealthy.com - BMI Calcluator - Available in metric or US measurement. Includes more details about the average figures and links to further resources about weight management.
  • Keys To Successful Weight Loss - Important keys to successfully losing weight from a doctor plus links to useful weight loss, nutrition, recipe, exercise and eating disorder information.
  • List of Carbohydrate Foods - Contains a searchable database for the effective carbohydrate, fat and calorie content of a large number of food items. It is designed for those following the Atkins diet.
  • Living Lean Today - A portal to weight loss sites. Links to professional and personal weight loss sites, fitness links, health columnists, healthy recipes and other weight loss resources.
  • LivingHeart.com - Individualized diets to lower weight, cholesterol, triglyceride, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Tips, books, online nutrient analysis of your diet, plus nutrition counseling with a dietitian.
  • Lose Body Weight - Articles describe changes in lifestyle that will assist with weight management.
  • Lose Weight. Gain Life. - Encourages healthier living by consulting your doctor about weight loss, eating healthy, and getting active.
  • Low Carb Transformation Community Forum - An on-line community for those who would like to find out more about or have embraced the low carb lifestyle. Discuss news, challenges, journal, get support and share recipes.
  • Low Carbohydrate Diet - Provides information and recommendation on following a low carbohydrate, high nutrient diet plan.
  • MayoClinic: Thinking about Weight Management. - Tips on preparing for weight loss and general advice.
  • MedicineNet.com - Includes information on therapies, prevention and healthy living.
  • Med-Psych Network - Articles, support sites, and cartoons - all about diet and weight loss.
  • Negative Calorie Foods - A discussion on these foods and how they can help keep a healthy diet. Includes a list and a page of links.
  • NutriDiary - Free food and exercise logging web application that tracks, analyzes, and graphs calories in, calories out, nutrients, weight, body fat, and BMI. Also allows weight goal and nutrition target setting.
  • Nutri.info - Download the Agile Body Mass Index Calculator 1.0 to calculates BMI using height, weight and gender.
  • One Fat Chef - Contains low fat recipes, weight loss journal and progress, nutrition and exercise information plus the famous one fat chef. Browse through the free online healthy recipes for cooking ideas.
  • Overweight .net - Provides weight management resources, tools, and recipes.
  • Peoples Choice of Ideal Body Weight - Study shows that people's idea of their ideal body weight, depends on their Age and current Weight.
  • Practical Weight Loss - Calorie and BMI calculators.
  • Prevention.com: Weight Loss - Free diet plans and fitness tools to lose weight safely like calorie counters, low fat recipes, personality quiz and weight loss forums.
  • Self Regulation of Body Weight - Failure: the predictable outcome of dieting, has bad consequences for the dieter. This web site is designed to help people escape the iatrogenic consequences of the dieting spiral.
  • Slimmer's Diary - Weekly diary of our volunteer slimmer who started The Anne Collins Diet on 26 March - personal experiences, tips and readers' questions answered by Anne Collins herself.
  • South Beach Diet Guide - Offers practical information on getting started with the SBD, plus personal experiences, a recipe exchange, and public discussion forums.
  • South Beach Diet Information - Learn how SBD helps to archive weight loss by consuming the right amount of good carbs and fats. Also provide weekly diet plan and recipes.
  • Staying Slim - Find resources for staying healthy and fit. Content includes news, success stories, articles, a forum, and diets.
  • 1 Stop Weight Loss - Provides information on programs, ebooks, articles, diets, tips and tools.
  • Suite 101 - Eating for Life will provide assistance to control your life, and your diet; one week at a time. Offers links and articles.
  • Susan Powter Online - Offers information to lose weight, become lean, strong and healthy, and look and feel terrific.
  • The-Zone-Diet-Plan.com - Provides information about the Zone diet plan. Includes an introduction, getting started, and the science behind the plan.
  • Weigh-Less - To attain and maintain the ideal weight, the healthy way. Offers message boards, chat, exercise, food for the soul, recipes and success stories.
  • Weight Chart - Goes by height and frame size. For men and women.
  • Weight Control - WebMD - Consumer health site written and reviewed by WebMD doctors.
  • The Weight Directory - Directory of weight-loss resources, products and services.
  • Weight Loss: About.com - Links to information about diets, emotional eating, fitness, nutrition, cooking and more, as well as weekly feature articles.
  • Weight Loss For All - Provides weight loss solutions through education. Offers articles on exercise, diet, fitness, weight loss tips, and metabolism.
  • Weight Loss for Good - Offers a variety of online tools, diet and exercise tips, articles and alternatives to lose weight.
  • Weight Loss Help - Summaries, reviews, and recipes for weight loss programs. Provides information for and feedback from dieters on what works and what doesn't. Includes a support forum.
  • Weight Loss Index - Provides information on weight loss, diet, fitness, health, and supplements.
  • Weight loss Information - Including everything you need to know from exercises, to diet tips, and motivation.
  • Weight Loss Made Simple - Offers sound advice in fitness, dieting, exercise, and motivation.
  • Weight Loss Management Center - Expert-reviewed articles offer tips and guidance on effective weight loss planning. Also includes a free question-and-answer service with registered dietitians.
  • Weight Loss Products Comparison - Introductory information on a variety of products.
  • The Weight Loss Zone - Provides information, products, and tools that will help you lose weight.
  • Weight Management Center - Expert-reviewed articles offer tips and guidance on effective weight loss planning. Also includes a free question-and-answer service with registered dietitians.
  • Weight Watchers International - Official site providing information about health, nutrition, dieting, exercise and fitness.
  • Weightcheck - Online weight loss and exercise advice with a personal advisor for motivation and help to achieve your weight goal.
  • Weightfocus - A comprehensive resource for people interested in practical weight management information, including healthy eating, sensible dieting tips, nutrition, and weight loss maintenance.
  • Weightloss and Diet Facts - Free articles discussing diet myths and the difference between typical weightloss and true fat burning.
  • Weightloss Resource - Includes diet plans, pills, and how to talk to your doctor. Features a body mass index and other helpful tools.
  • Which Weight Loss - Offers advice and reviews on range of weight loss plans.
  • Wholistic Weight Loss - Free tips, low carbohydrate recipes and success stories. Re-vitalise your health, stop food cravings and get off the diet treadmill for good.
  • Winning with Wendy - Motivation and support for Weight Watchers members. Includes Winning Points recipes, tips, and links.
  • Yoyo Club - Includes information about dieting, diet plans, recipes, message board and women-issues.
  • Zone Diet Info - Offers tips, frequently asked questions, and menus for the Zone Diet.

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