Don’t Spend Money
There is absolutely no reason you have to spend any money to lose weight. There are accountability programs that may work for you, but they may not. Before spending a bunch of money, look for free programs. SparkPeople is a great place to start.
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Unless you have over a hundred pounds to lose, you won’t be able to, sustainably, lose 10 pounds a week. Two or three is about the highest consistent weekly weight loss you can count on, and even that is pushing it.
See through the empty promises
Any program that promises that you don’t have to change your diet or get off your butt is a complete waste of time. I’m assuming that for those who want to lose weight want to keep it off. Don’t live your life taking a diet pill, drinking a specific tea, or eating some magic combination every time you’re about to sit down to dinner. To lose weight, or even just to get healthy, you’re going to have to change the way you do things, and that includes both eating better and exercising.
Find something that fits your personality
Find something that fits your personality. I prefer programs with big, drastic changes. Cutting out all of the junk food and hitting the gym right away. That doesn’t work for everyone. If you know that doesn’t work for you, find something that takes things slowly, but still gets the job done. But if you know that you can handle doing something drastic, do it. If you absolutely can’t stand running, don’t start a marathon training program. If you hate lifting weights, CrossFit probably isn’t the best place to start. Be smart and realistic about what you will stick with.