While opinions vary on the best free method to lose weight, experts from WebMD, Mayo Clinic, the Food and Nutrition Information Center's Nutrition.gov website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all suggest methods that include keeping track of calorie intake and exercise. They also recommend eating a comfortable amount of food and increasing activity and exercise levels.
According to WebMD, the best way to lose weight for free involves keeping an accurate food diary. A food diary helps a dieter know exactly what he is consuming, where his dieting fails and what is causing it to fail. Both the CDC and Nutrition.gov offer free online and printable materials to aid dieters in recording this information and using it to increase weight loss. In addition to diet tracking, these experts also agree that dieters should attempt a maintainable diet that provides sufficient food for daily activity and does not cause discomfort.
Such diets, according to Mayo Clinic, allow dieters to achieve lifestyle alterations that lead to long-term weight loss, minimizing the need for expensive diet plans and supplements. Cleveland Clinic adds that the best diets also include an exercise component that feeds into increased activity levels over the long-term.