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.
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.
About Your Weight
What does the weight-loss program consist of?
If you are interested in finding a weight-loss program near you,
ask your health care provider for a referral or contact your local
For additional, general information, contact:
These publications from WIN offer more information on weight-loss programs, healthy eating, and physical activity:
at Any Size
, a brochure from WIN to help very large people
become more physically active. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Publication No. 04-4352. Updated April 2004.
Health and You: Tips for Adults
a brochure on healthy
eating, part of the series Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Across Your Lifespan.
NIH Publication No. 04-4992. Updated June 2004.
Very Low-calorie Diets , a fact sheet for health professionals. NIH Publication No. 03-3894. January 2003.
Weight Loss for Life , a brochure offering sensible weight-control advice. NIH Publication No. 04-3700. June 2004.
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 .
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 Governments 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.