There are so many websites from so many experts and gurus weighing in on weight-loss advice, it’s hard to tell who to trust. We’re all about healthy, non-gimmicky weight loss, and here are 5 of our favorite sources for information and inspiration.
- Coach Calorie: Tony Schober, a certified personal trainer, started Coach Calorie in 2011 to cut through the noise of websites promoting starvation-level eating and unnecessary supplements. His philosophy is “Focus on being healthy and the weight loss will follow.” He actually advocates eating more calories to stoke your metabolic fire. One of his most popular posts is titled “You’re Not Eating Enough Calories to Lose Weight” – who wouldn’t want to look into that advice.
- Greatist: Eat, Move, Play, Grow, Connect, Discover. Those are the topic categories at this website that backs up every fact with a scientific study (hooray!). And no, the name is not a misspelling – to be a Greatist, the site says, is to be “someone who chooses to fit small healthier choices into their everyday life.” You can learn to make your own nut milk or paleo pancakes, learn the best way to get back on the exercise bandwagon, get a full-body kettlebell workout or get tips on how to find the best protein-packed yogurts.
- Go Kaleo: Amber Rogers writes “After decades of diets, yo-yoing weight, and thousands of dollars spent on weight loss gimmicks, I decided to stop trying to lose weight and instead focus on nourishing my body with real, whole foods in adequate amounts, to achieve HEALTH, not weight loss.” That pretty much sums up the philosophy of her blog. She has gone on to become a personal trainer and health coach and has a “do what works for you” approach to eating. In addition to her blog she has also written two ebooks, which you can find on her site.
- Six-Pack Abs: James Fell is a Canadian freelance writer who is not afraid to call people out on their nonsense. From diet dogmatists to supplement sellers, almost no one is immune from Fell, who is humorously no-nonsense in his fitness philosophy. Is water a miracle weight-loss elixir? Should you run? Do you need to use a food journal? Fell, author of the new book “Lose it Right,” takes on these subjects and more.
- SparkPeople.com: This longtime favorite has a wealth of information on sensible weight loss. From “11 Nice Ways to Say ‘No’ to Food Pushers” to “10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working at Home” (hey, we need to read that!), the site offers advice and inspiration. It also has a slew of recipes from its staffers and contributors. You also can find short exercise videos, food and exercise trackers, community groups and downloads for your phone.
There are many more reputable sources for healthy weight loss on the web and we’re constantly compiling them in our ASPIREist list of sources for healthy weight loss. Every time we find something worth reading, we’ll add it to the list.