What You Should Know About Popular Diets

Composite picture of teen soccer player, food, and scale Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Fact sheet to help consumers talk to their health care professional about weight loss and choosing a safe and effective weight loss program. Also in PDF|216 KB.

Weight Loss: Finding a Weight Loss Program that Works for You (PDF | 1.5 MB)

Federal Trade Commission; Partnership for Healthy Weight Management.

Provides information on different types of weight loss programs and helps consumers ask the right questions when evaluating a weight loss program.

Consumer Protection: Weight Loss and Fitness

Federal Trade Commission.

Learn how to evaluate claims for weight loss products.

Question marks Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much Do You Really Know?

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Presents popular myths about diet, meals, physical activity and food and counters these myths with factual information to help clear up confusion. Includes tips to help individuals succeed in their dietary goals. Also in PDF|328 KB.

Should You Believe These Amazing Claims?

Federal Trade Commission.

Addresses bogus weight loss claims by providing simple facts about weight loss.

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.

Weight loss Weighing the Claims in Diet Ads

Federal Trade Commission.

Before you spend money on products that promise fast and easy results, weigh the claims carefully.

The Atkins Diet: Worthwhile or Worthless?

USDA. ARS. Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

Provides a brief overview of the Atkins diet and research on low-carbohydrate diets.