A good diet plan is the structure upon which you will build long-term habits that will translate into a successful lifestyle. The process of assessing diet plans should include some key factors to find the best plan for you. Begin this process by being screened by a doctor to see if there are any health issues that might impact your decision. Doing some research regarding nutrition, or talking to a Registered Dietician, might be a wise move so that your caloric intake can be matched to your activity level. Many diet plans offer a consultation with an RD. Look for a diet plan that realistically restricts calories, increases physical activity, and provides the emotional support needed for successful long-term weight loss. The plan should also be solid in helping you develop eating habits that will translate into a lifestyle philosophy you can maintain. Also, it’s important to look for diet plans that are realistic in the expectations they communicate to you. While you may lose several pounds the first week or two because of excess water weight, after a few weeks expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.