10 Tips for Finding the Best Diet That Works for You

With so many weight loss diets to choose from, how do you decide?

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

It's time to turn over a new leaf and resolve to get your waistline under control -- again. Will it be The South Beach Diet, Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days, Sonoma, Atkins, The WebMD Weight Loss Clinic, or one of the gazillion other diet options?

With so many to choose from, it's not easy to figure out which diet will be the best one that works for you. To help the 65% of adults who are overweight, we asked the experts for tips to help you find a weight loss diet that is both healthy and effective.

The Best Diet That Works for You: The One You Can Stick To

All the experts agree on one thing: The best weight loss plan is one you can keep up.

"It doesn't matter how scientifically sound the program is (and many are not), how fast they work (you will regain as fast as you lost), or even how many people have tried it before. What matters is whether you can do what they say forever -- not whether you should, but whether you can." says Michelle May, MD, author of Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work.

And of course, not all diet plans and programs are scientifically sound.

"Just because it is on the bookshelf, or the name is on a door, it does not mean it is a healthy, well-rounded program," says Judy Rodriguez, PhD, RD, author of The Diet Selector.