A good diet provides all needed nutrients and enough calories--typically 1,200 to 1,800 daily--to provide energy and stave off hunger. A weight-loss diet should focus on achieving slow and gradual reduction by reducing approximately 500 calories per day. Under medical supervision, more stringent dietary restriction may be appropriate. Some form of regular, moderate exercise is an integral part of a weight loss program.
A good weight management plan:
- will allow some variety of food choices while encouraging a nutritious balance
- will not restrict any particular food group or require special products
- will incorporate nutrition and behavior modification programs to promote long-term changes to more healthy eating habits
- will include professional guidance from specialists in weight management.