Type of Diet: NOT A DIET
A Support system for dieters

Foods You Eat on this Diet:
TOPS does not have their own diet

General Facts:
This is a non-profit support group system that has been around for 50+ years. Motivation and support is their focus.

Can you keep it off on this type of diet?
There is no structured diet to follow. No claims have been made about how successful TOPS members are in long term weight maintenance.  

Positives: Group support and weekly weigh-ins can be very helpful to some people.

Drawbacks: Each chapter is different and lacks a unified structure, so you don't know what to expect. Diet help is provided by members, not health professionals.

Safety and Health Issues
There is no official diet, so no comment can be made about safety. They do seem to support an exchange diet system, which is based upon healthy eating principles and balanced nutrition.

Diet Surf Recommendations
Recommended as a support system for those who need it

Dietitians comments about TOPS
Decide for yourself if this type of support group can help you and visit local chapters to observe. Look for a well balanced, long term eating plan that emphasizes weight maintenance, not quick weight loss to support your efforts.