Trying to lose weight and keeping it off can be very difficult. So many people try – and fail. Many people can succeed with a calorie-restricted home weight-loss plan. But many do not. That’s when they turn to an organized, professional weight-loss program for help. If you find yourself in a position where you just can’t get the weight off or you are able to lose a few pounds, but it keeps coming back and then some, you should think about a commercial weight-loss program. There are many to choose from, so when you make this life-changing decision, you need to choose which program is right for you.Almost any professional program will work – but only if they can help motivate you and keep you focused so you sufficiently and properly lessen the amount of calories you consume – and burn – through their exercise and diet plan designed for you. But it can’t just be designed for you – it has to be designed “around” you. That means your program must also fit into your lifestyle and be practical for your surroundings.An at-home program that you create for yourself can also work – as long as you have the willpower to stick with it. One of the many advantages of a commercial program is that you have a major support system to help you lose weight. If you have the same type of support at home, you have a better chance of losing the weight and keeping it off.Either a do-it-yourself program or one of the professional programs must have one thing in common. It must be safe. You need to make sure that your diet allows you to get the recommended daily allowances of minerals, proteins and vitamins. The diet itself should be low in calories and include an exercise routine – and supplements if you desire. Your program should encourage slow and steady weight loss. This will make sure you don’t jeopardize your health along the way. Unless your doctor feels that a more rapid weight loss program is needed, take it slow and steady.When you approach a professional weight-loss center, make sure you ask the right questions and get the right answers. The questions you should ask include:- What is the average weight-loss success with the program?- Is the staff qualified – certified or experienced counselors and health care and dietary professionals?- What side effects, if any, do people experience?- Will your food selection be flexible and right for you?- Who sets your weight loss goals?Some of the most popular weight-loss programs – as you’ve probably seen advertised on television – are reputable and work. These include:- Atkins Diet- Jenny Craig- Nutrisystem- Weight Loss Seems Simple- Weight Watchers- The South Beach Diet- The Zone Diet- The Pritikin Principle- Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet- Overeaters AnonymousWhichever program you choose – or if you decide to do it alone – make sure that you take steps to ensure you get the vital nutrition in combination with regular exercise to lose the weight, maintain your goal weight and keep the weight from coming back.Always talk to your doctor or other medical professional before starting any new diet program.