4 Ways to Get That Diet Going

Want a better beginning to your weight loss plan? Get going with these tips from the experts.

By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

No matter how you slice it, diet is a dirty word. It smacks of deprivation and hunger pangs. To overcome the pain, you need a plan.

So WebMD asked the experts for advice, and put together their quick tips on how to get your weight loss going.

1. Know Your Weight Loss Goals

Consider how much you need to lose before you decide how to do it, recommends Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and a gastroenterologist at Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts.

Very overweight or obese. "For someone obese, I refer them to our weight loss center," says Jacobson, who says people with a lot of weight to lose can probably benefit from a structured, supervised program.

If you're slightly or moderately overweight. "I advise controlling portion size," Jacobson says. "If you control portion size, you cut calories."

To learn correct portion sizes, consult a registered dietitian or take a look at the new food pyramid at MyPyramid.gov.

Exercise also has to be part of your plan, Jacobson tells the do-it-yourselfers. But that doesn't necessarily mean joining a gym. "Buy a cheap treadmill," he says, and when you're watching TV, hop on and take a walk.

Before starting a new exercise regime or weight loss plan, however, remember to talk with your doctor.