If there is anything I have learned in my life, it’s that diets do not work. As a teenager I watched my mother try diet after diet. Whether it was the Carnation or the grapefruit diet, she always had the best of intentions, but whatever weight she lost always came back. If my mom had practiced moderation in her eating habits would she have been more successful at managing her weight? Good question—and I’ll try to give you some guidelines that have helped me to maintain a healthy weight throughout my adult life.