You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again, figuring out how to lose weight is downright difficult. In fact, it’s completely common to do some trial and error before finally seeing results. But where do you even start? To help you kick off your slim-down plan, we rounded up a little motivation and a whole lot of expert info. With these 50 resources, you’ll learn from the mistakes and triumphs of others, plus separate the scientifically proven diet and exercise advice from the OK-to-skip tips.
Jumpstart your journey with an inspiring success story from someone just like you, or dive head first into revamping your diet or workout routine. Wherever you begin, a healthier you awaits.
40 Resources on How to Lose Weight
Expert Weight Loss Tips
With countless ads, infomercials and Instagram stars that promise fast results, it’s tough to separate fact from fiction when it comes to weight loss. That’s why we’ve gone straight to the doctors, dietitians and trainers to pin down what really tips the scale in the slimmed-down direction. Learn about everything from calorie counting to yo-yo dieting, so you can feel confident in your skin.
Diet Strategies to Drop Pounds, the Right Way
Many experts say weight loss starts in the kitchen, but navigating grocery aisles — and nutrition info — can get tricky. It’s no brainer that protein- and fiber-rich foods are best for losing weight, but sometimes, prepared foods can sneak in hidden sources of sugar, trans fat and sodium. To help you plan better meals, we turned to top nutritionists and for their shopping advice and dove into myth-busting research on the latest diet fads. Here’s to more healthy meals and nutrient-packed ingredients making their way to your fridge and pantry.
Exercise Tips to Get You Moving
Of course, moving more is also essential to any weight loss plan. Exercising will not only help boost your metabolism so you lose weight faster, but it will also bump up your energy levels and even help with sleep. If you’ve never been to the gym or are coming off a long fitness hiatus, never fear. We have moves, plans and beginner-friendly tips for launching a regular workout routine. Plus, you’ll find out what to eat pre- and post-workout to maximize results.
Getting Over the Plateau
If the first five pounds flew off, but now you’re stuck in a weight loss rut, know you’re not alone. Every man and woman has a different metabolism and no two people can lose weight at the same rate. It’s totally common for people to quickly shed those initial pounds, only to realize it gets harder as you go. A few key strategies will help you get over this hump faster, though. Follow this advice for jumping right over a plateau.
How to Maintain Weight Loss
Take it from those who found success in dropping pounds: You’ll make many mistakes along the way. And that’s OK. Staying healthy and fit takes commitment (and re-commitment whenever life gets in the way). Some of the false starts and roadblocks you read below might sound familiar — but in the end, they often help pave a clearer path to life-long health. Find out what lessons other readers have learned, so you can potentially sidestep their errors. Have a friend who recently lost weight? You’ll also learn what to say for encouragement.
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Originally published January 2017. Updated January 2018.