Diet Plan
Buying Guide

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Diet Plan Buying Guide

Getting Started

When it comes to losing weight it's hard to know where to start. Do you sign up for a program or try to do it on your own? What are you willing to give up, and what's a deal breaker? Sometimes pondering all of your options can keep you from getting started. Well, no more excuses!

Consumer Reports has done the legwork for you, asking 9,376 people about diets they've tried. We got the scoop on 13 popular plans. Most of them are free. You'll pay for commercial diets such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, and sometimes you'll pay for special food, too. But for the DIY diets, all you usually need are instructions from a website or a book, or in some cases, an app.

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