Strategies for Success

Choose My Plate icon USDA MyPlate Food Guidance System

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The MyPlate food guidance system replaces MyPyramid. The Daily Food Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.


Feet on scale Interested in Losing Weight?

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Get practical step-by-step assistance for long-term weight control.


Man and woman cycling Weight-control Information Network

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Provides a gateway to resources from those who have lost weight and successfully kept it off. Some publications available in Spanish.


A "Stick-to-It" Diet Is More Important Than a Popular One

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

A comparison of several popular diets by USDA-funded researchers showed that sticking with a diet-more than the type of a diet-is the key to losing weight.


Make Your Calories Count

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Information to help plan a healthy diet while managing calorie intake.


Weight Management and Obesity Resource List (PDF | 285 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

List provides reliable nutrition information about obesity and weight loss in a variety of information formats: articles, pamphlets, books, and full-text materials on the World Wide Web.


Guide to Behavior Change

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Tips on modifying behaviors to promote weight control.


Aim for a Healthy Weight: Information for Patients and the Public

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Guidelines for measurement of overweight and obesity and steps for safe and effective weight loss.


Portion Distortion Quiz I & II

DHHS. NIH. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Tests your knowledge of portions and serving sizes. Download a Serving Size Card (PDF|121 KB) to help you recall what a standard food serving looks like.


How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Here are some tips to help you avoid some common portion size pitfalls. Also in PDF|816 KB.


Interactive Tools

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Links to web sites that allow consumers to enter information and receive individual feedback to help with diet evaluation and planning, checking personal health risks and testing knowledge. Scroll down to "The Interactive Playground" to find games and quizzes specifically for children.


Sample Reduced-Calorie Menus

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Features traditional-American, Asian-American, Southern, Mexican- American, and lacto-ovo vegetarian 1200 and 1600 calorie menus.


MedlinePlus: Weight Loss-unintentional

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Provides the definition, common causes and considerations, and other information related to the topic of underweight. Also in Spanish.