There is an unlimited supply of information and advice on the Internet and elsewhere relating to weight loss and more often than not it is from people who have no idea what they are talking about.
Many of the people giving advice haven't succeeded in losing any weight of their own or maintaining a healthy body weight.
So how can you be sure that the information you're hearing or reading is safe and suitable to help you lose weight?
You're likely to have read some of the free online weight loss advice already and if you have visited several weight loss websites you will have probably already seen some conflicting information.
I suggest that you take a look at the sites where real people are giving their opinions and results for what they have achieved and if there are links to the information that they used for their success you should then study the program that they refer to and see whether that might be the type of weight loss program that you could follow.
See whether there is conflicting advice and also whether the weight loss techniques they are promoting represent good nutritional advice and/or good exercise recommendations.
Read any testimonials they have on their site to see whether others have had good experiences with the program.
Any program that has a doctors endorsement will add a lot of weight to the credibility of the program because they wouldn't want to risk false advertising claiming doctors testimonials if they weren't true.
Read all the information they have available on their site and if there is an opportunity to sign up for a free newsletter, do so to get a better insight into what they are promoting.
Often you can learn a lot of very good information from being on a weight loss email list where they give you tips and advice that you can use before you start a weight loss regime.