Just like a pair of jeans, there’s no one size that fits all when it comes to losing LBs. So rather than compiling a list of exactly what you should eat and avoid or sharing when to eat to lose weight, we tapped dietitians to share how to lose weight with their most practical, effective, and easy-to-implement advice.
Each weight-loss tip on this list is more about a lifestyle change and building a long-term habit rather than a crazy detox trick or diet “hack.” (P.S.: If any diet “promises weight loss of more than three pounds per week, restricts food groups, or requires that you purchase specific foods or supplements,” abandon ship, says Julie Upton, MS, RD, a registered dietitian in San Francisco, and the co-founder of the nutrition news company Appetite for Health.)
Here, 40 timeless, tried-and-true tips from dietitians for how to lose weight that will help you end your battle with the scale once and for all.
Focus more on well-being than weight.
Rather than focusing on a number on a scale, select a feeling or a wellness outcome—for example, to lower LDL cholesterol or be able to bike around your local park—as your goal, suggests Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, a dietitian and epidemiologist with Cambia Health Solutions.
“In our vanity-obsessed world, it’s tough to let go of using the number on the scale as a guide around ‘optimal’ body size and health. However, research is pretty clear that people who focus on health-related goals when aiming to improve dietary habits are much happier and more likely to lose weight than people who obsess over reaching a very specific number on the scale,” she says.