Weight Loss Tips – What Are The Experts Saying?

Posted on August 26, 2012

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Weight loss tips are a hot topic online. Not only are a lot of people looking for weight loss tips, but a lot of blogs and websites are eager to publish tips to meet that demand for weight loss advice.  I thought it would be interesting to see what the top experts are saying and more importantly, to list the tips that they all agree on.  So, in this post, I will first list my sources and offer my commentary on each.  Then, I will list 6 weight loss tips that most experts would agree on.

Expert sources I selected for weight loss tips and my commentary:

1) Easy Weight Loss Tips: 10 Painless Ways to Lose Weight

women.webmd.com/features/weight-loss-tips Easy weight loss tips you can slip into your everyday life

Commentary: I like their advice about adding foods instead of subtracting foods.  In fact, this has been a key to me losing weight and now maintaining my ideal weight.  Basically, if you are focusing on eating more healthy foods, like vegetables and fruits, for example, then you are more likely to have less room for unhealthy foods.  Also, I wrote an article previously about that very topic here: When Changing Your Diet, Try Adding Instead of Subtracting. Next, I appreciate that they advise you to find physical activities that you enjoy to start your exercise program instead of trying workouts that you dread.  They also mention walking, which is a foundational activity that anyone overweight would benefit from doing more of.  Finally, they mention the importance of drinking plenty of water, which is something I often emphasize in my writing, including my Five Healthy Quick Weight Loss Tips post.

2) Our 25 best weight-loss tips from over the years – USATODAY.com

www.usatoday.com/…/weight-loss…/2011-01-03-WLCbesttips… From setting realistic goals to rewarding yourself, this advice will help you trim down in 2011.

Commentary: There is a lot of excellent advice in this article.  I will highlight a few items.  First of all, I agree with their advice of drinking 16 ounces of water before meals.  This not only helps contribute toward a higher water intake – and most people need to drink more water, but it also contributes to a feeling of fullness.  This results in eating less, and we know that most people need to decrease their portion sizes.  Next, they offer good advice on motivation and setting realistic goals.  This is a topic I get into more detail about in my free 20 page report – Weight Loss For Life, which you can get by clicking on the green button at the top of this webpage.

Finally, I like that they emphasize stocking the pantry and refrigerator with healthy foods.  This is so important!  Healthy eating requires planning and having the right foods to eat when you are hungry.  Not following this advice used to get me in lots of trouble.  Mainly, I got in trouble because I would be really hungry at some point during the day and there were only unhealthy food choices around.  Inevitably, I would eat half a day’s worth of calories in one sitting.  Now, I make sure I have healthy foods with me whether I am at home or on the road.  Extra work, yes.  Is it worth it…you bet it is.

3) Scientific Weight Loss Tips

Tired of searching for the perfect diet or pill to shed some pounds? Find out the top weight loss tips, with solid science to back them up. Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown…


Commentary: This is a brief and excellent video emphasizing the calorie burning effects of exercise, even when you are sleeping! I also like the emphasis on eating enough calories of healthy foods and not starving yourself, and don’t skip breakfast! One tip I really like is the suggestion that you puree your food sometimes.  This causes your system to take longer to digest, and therefore, you feel full for longer. Finally, I appreciate that they mention trying a smaller plate size for your meals. This has the psychological affect of helping you to eat up to 22% less. This is assuming that you decrease your plate size from 12 to 10 inches. The USA Today article I referenced in this post also suggested downsizing Plates, bowls, etc.

4) 80 Awesome Weight Loss Tips:zenhabits

zenhabits.net/80-awesome-weight-loss-tips 80 Awesome Weight Loss Tips. Every Friday is Health Tip Day at Zen Habits. Last week I asked you all to offer up your best weight-loss tips.

Commentary: This article is an excellent read with plenty of good advice. My favorite part is his 5 word diet plan that keeps it really simple. To paraphrase – less eating and more moving. He also offers a lot of great tips on motivation, exercise, and yes, drinking enough water! Hmm, I think I have heard that one before somewhere…

Weight Loss Tips Conclusion

Obviously, I could have included dozens or even hundreds more credible sources of weight loss tips. But the 4 sources above give a good cross section of advice and serve to show that there really are a lot of commonalities in expert opinions related to weight loss. Let’s distill this advice into a few workable weight loss tips:

  • Drink plenty of water.  Here is a weight loss tip I have mentioned a few times now, and it bears repeating. Drink more water! I also mentioned in previous posts that the recommended intake is 9 cups for the average woman and 13 for the average man.  Specifically, it’s an excellent idea to drink water before a meal to not only hydrate you, but also to help you feel full and ensure that you are not mistaking thirst for hunger.
  • Focus on eating more of the good-for-you foods that you like.  This is a better approach than focusing on the negative of cutting out the bad stuff you like.  By eating more good foods, like fruits, vegetables and lean protein, you leave less room for the foods you shouldn’t eat too much of.  In my previous article, What is the Alkaline Diet Plan, I mention my preference to make my caloric intake around 80% healthy foods and allow for enjoyment of some of the foods that are not the best for me in moderation.
  • Plan Ahead.  It takes work to eat healthy, there’s no question about it.  But the payoff is that you will have healthy foods around when you are hungry instead of junk food.  This will result in less overall calories consumed.  And, the calories you consume will be for foods that your body can better process and metabolize.  It is not necessarily about eating less.  It’s about eating enough of the right foods.
  • Be Creative.  Being creative applies to both your diet and exercise.  For example, I wouldn’t eat flax seeds by themselves, but I love ground flax seeds mixed in with my salad.  In my article How I Combine a Huge Array of Super Foods into a Delicious, Easy to Make Salad, I show how you can combine a lot of healthy foods together to make a healthy and filling meal.  When it comes to exercise, some people like to “work out” and some people don’t.  If you can’t stand  working out, try engaging in a favorite sport or activity on a regular basis.  Or, try taking brisk walks with your favorite music loaded up on the iPhone.
  • Take Steps in the Right Direction.  A body in motion tends to stay in motion.  Start today by picking 1 thing to change about your diet and 1 thing to change to get more exercise.  Keep track of changes and results.  And, be nice to yourself.  We are all flawed human beings and we make mistakes.  When you blow it, just get back up again and keep at it.
  • Set a Specific Goal and be Realistic.  Have in mind what you are trying to accomplish and allow yourself time to get there.  Trying to lose more than a pound or 2 a week is too much.  Also, be aware that you may lose significant weight right away and then plateau.  When I first started my weight loss program, I lost 13 pounds in the first 3 weeks.  Then, I stayed the same weight for a couple of weeks, and then I started to lose about a pound a week until I hit my weight goal. Everyone is different.  So just keep doing the right things and make adjustments along the way, and you will reach your goal.

So, there you have it.  I reviewed weight loss tips from experts and also summarized 6 weight loss tips that, if followed, will help you reach your weight loss goal.  Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list. However, my free 20 page report on Weight Loss For Life goes into a more detailed weight loss plan. Please comment and let me know about your weight loss goals and experiences!

Mark

I am a cancer survivor who is passionate about health, including writing on topics such as weight loss, diet plans, fitness, and workout plans.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Davy Jordan August 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    One common thing found across the entire weight loss niche is keeping your metabolism at a higher rate. Whether you need to drink more water or eat at smaller intervals, unless your metabolic rate is not fast, you will have the tendency to gain weight. Unlike taking upon extreme exercises or dieting patterns, fastening your metabolic rate is much easier and needs little planning. I have personally controlled my blood sugar levels with this approach.

  2. Mark August 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Good point. It really shows that there are many different approaches to weight loss. I have seen some people lose weight with diet only and some even with exercise only. My personal preference is both, as exercise ramps up the metabolic rate, which allows the diet to be a little more flexible than without exercise. On the other hand, great eating habits mean that you don’t need as much exercise to lose weight. Out of the 2, I would say that diet is most important.

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