How to Choose the Diet That’s Right for You

Because no two people are exactly alike, each person needs a custom-tailored diet.

You will need

  • Information from weight-loss facilities
  • Referrals from friends (optional)

Step 1 Look for weight-loss programs Locate and visit weight-loss facilities. Many offer one-stop shopping: coaching, personal training, dietary counseling, and a health club.

Step 2 Consider special dietary needs Consider food choices and accommodations for any special dietary needs you have.

Step 3 Look at exercise program Examine the exercise design — is it built into the program? If not, are you disciplined enough to be on your own?

Step 4 Expect professional oversight Choose a program that’s overseen by medical staff or certified nutritionists. Meet with them and discuss your goals.

Step 5 Check for hidden costs Check for hidden costs, and make sure the program is right for your budget. Choose a facility that is close to your home or work so you’ll be motivated to stick with it.