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About 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, yet more than 66 percent of all Americans are overweight or obese, according to Boston Medical Center. Finding a diet that fits your lifestyle and needs is key when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. Consult your doctor before starting any weight-loss program 2.

Commercial Programs: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig

Commercial programs cost money but usually offer in-person or online diet support, a specific diet plan for weight loss or packaged meals. Weight Watchers is considered one of the top commercial weight-loss programs, according to "U.S. News and World Report." The program helps you lose weight by teaching you to count food points instead of calories. Jenny Craig is also considered a top commercial weight-loss program due to its one-on-one weekly counseling sessions. In addition to the regular weight-loss meetings, Jenny Craig uses prepackaged meals to help you lose weight.

  • Commercial programs cost money but usually offer in-person or online diet support, a specific diet plan for weight loss or packaged meals.
  • In addition to the regular weight-loss meetings, Jenny Craig uses prepackaged meals to help you lose weight.

Do-It-Yourself: MyPlate, DASH

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You don't have to spend money to lose weight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate offers a free online weight-loss program. The plan helps you determine your calorie needs for weight loss and provides a balanced food guide, which details what you should eat each day. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet is also considered one of the top weight-loss programs. The diet is filled with low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods that help you eat less but still feel satisfied, making it a good choice for not only losing weight, but as a long-term weight maintenance. Like MyPlate, DASH offers meal plans and patterns that provide information on how much you should eat from each food group based on your calorie needs.

  • You don't have to spend money to lose weight.
  • The plan helps you determine your calorie needs for weight loss and provides a balanced food guide, which details what you should eat each day.

Lifestyle Diets: Vegetarian, Mediterranean

The hardest part about losing weight is keeping it off, but a lifestyle diet such as a vegetarian or Mediterranean diet may help 5. A healthy and balanced vegetarian diet is filled with foods that are high in fiber and low in calories, such as:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains
  • beans
  • nuts
  • seeds

Weight loss may be slow but effective at helping you keep it off. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and olive oil 5.

  • The hardest part about losing weight is keeping it off, but a lifestyle diet such as a vegetarian or Mediterranean diet may help 5.
  • A healthy and balanced vegetarian diet is filled with foods that are high in fiber and low in calories, such as: * fruits
    * vegetables
    * whole grains
    * beans
    * nuts
    * seeds Weight loss may be slow but effective at helping you keep it off.

Low-Carb: Atkins, South Beach

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Low-carb diets are a good way to lose weight and keep it off, according to the Harvard School of Public Health 6. The Atkins diet is considered one of the top low-carb diet plans 7. It is divided into four phases, including a maintenance phase, with specific instructions on what you should eat during each phase. The South Beach diet is also a good choice as a low-carb diet for weight loss. It is divided into three phases and offers heart-healthy and diabetic-friendly options.

  • Low-carb diets are a good way to lose weight and keep it off, according to the Harvard School of Public Health 6.
  • It is divided into four phases, including a maintenance phase, with specific instructions on what you should eat during each phase.

Meal Replacement: Slim Fast, Medifast

Meal replacement diets are effective at promoting weight loss and aid in calorie control and meal planning. Slim Fast is one of top meal-replacement weight-loss programs 2. On the program you replace two meals with a shake, and eat one healthy, balanced meal plus three low-calorie snacks. Medifast is a medically supervised low-calorie meal replacement diet that includes ongoing nutrition counseling. This diet plan includes a variety of meal replacement options, including shakes and soups, that you eat in place of most meals and snacks depending on the weight-loss plan you choose to follow.

  • Meal replacement diets are effective at promoting weight loss and aid in calorie control and meal planning.
  • This diet plan includes a variety of meal replacement options, including shakes and soups, that you eat in place of most meals and snacks depending on the weight-loss plan you choose to follow.
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