50 Weight Loss Tips

38 Responses

  1. You are amazing! Thank you for all the tips. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Looking forward to losing weight with you.

  2. Cathy says:

    Those really are amazing tips! I have a lot of trouble with ‘Start with the biggest meal, end with the smallest’ and have never heard of ‘Brush your teeth/have a mint after every meal’ before. Thanks!

  3. P O says:

    You should write a book.

  4. Marisa says:

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I’ve been following you for about a year now (since you were featured on Consumerist), and it’s great to read about someone with a realistic approach to life while losing weight. Keep on kicking ass and taking names, my friend!

  5. K8 says:

    I just found your website and am so inspired by your tips and tricks for losing weight! I have been gun since new year’s on my journey and have lost ten pounds! My journey doesn’t seem to be as intense as yours but maybe these tips will help shed the rest of the pounds! Good luck! You should write a book! What an inspiration!

  6. K8 says:

    oops! that should say “gun ho”. sorry!

  7. Lauren says:

    Awesome list! I have trouble with eating big in the morning too, my lunch is usually my biggest meal which is sort of in between. I’ve read a lot of different things about eating before bed though. Some people say that eating something small and low calorie, like a fruit cup, before bed is good because it keeps your metabolism going longer.

  8. krissy says:

    Awesome tips Tyler! Happy Birthday to your daughter.

    I heard this piece of advice once, what food you are not willing to waste will stick to your waist. Now that my oldest child is 10, I find that I can enjoy a “cheat meal” by sharing it with her when we go out to eat. So not only are we being reasonable with our calorie intake we are also saving money.

  9. Ged says:

    I think that you need to add one more item to your list: Consult your Doctor! Since my workouts are pretty aggressive, I saw a cardiologist (which I had never done before) to assess my cardio health and advise me on the maximum heart rate I should reach during exercise.

    #14 Buy a Digital Scale
    I did this recently, and indeed it is great when losing weight. After a bunch of research, I found a really accurate/consistent scale (and it is under $30!)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KXZ808/
    Best selling bathroom scale at Amazon.

  10. Joy Manning says:

    Great post, Tyler! I think maybe you are assuming everyone knows this, but I have to add: Cook from scratch at home. It’s the mass-marketed, chain restaurant, prepared and processed foods that add a lot of calories to your life and not that much satisfaction. I, for one, have never eaten 10 cookies at once, (though I have a single homemade cookie after dinner maybe three times a week). And I think it’s because the cookies I eat are unprocessed and real. One is just right–packaged cookies are engineered by scientists to make you feel like you need 10 of them.

  11. Cory says:

    Happy birthday Natalee! I can’t believe she’s a year old already…
    LOVE the tips, I can use some of them!

  12. Matt says:

    Good tips, but I think you need to make #2 (be skeptical) the heading of it.

    For example, the one under food tips

    “Don’t eat within 3 hours of bed. ”

    That’s purely anecdotal. People still burn calories while they sleep – breathing, digesting, maintaining organ function, and so on. Calories don’t have a timer or an expiration.

    There are 2 issues with eating late in the day that actually matter in terms of weight loss:

    A late night snack causes you to eat more calories than you burned.
    A light night snack causes you to have trouble falling asleep.

    I’m not saying curl up in bed with a couple of buffalo wings, but realize that it’s all about not letting your hunger get out of control. Like the comment about smaller meals throughout the day. It isn’t that it raises metabolism, it’s that it curbs hunger so you will be less likely to overeat.

  13. Stan Horst says:

    Tip #8….also consider booking a place that offers hiking….nothing better that fun movement!! It is exercise but it doesn’t feel like it and you get to see great sites!! http://www.cabincreekwood.com

  14. beej says:

    Some geat stuff in here! My favorite:

    “Set realistic goals. You won’t lose 150 pounds in a year. You might. I know people that have with ease. I know people that have tried for years. More than likely, you won’t and you shouldn’t let that stop you. You’ll lose weight at your own pace, ignore the pace of those around you.”

    I know it’s hard not to compare yourself to others, but it’s vital to understand that you WILL lose at a different pace than everyone else. Let their loss motivate you, not make you feel like a failure because you’re not doing it as quickly…

  15. Thanks for the putting these wonderful tips. This will be a lot of help not just to me but to all the people who are planning or already in the process of losing weight.

  16. Jay says:

    Wow.. and excellent post. I especially like the Food and Eating Tips and Burning Calorie tips. Great job! I do a lot of what you mentioned already.

    Again great job, you’re such an inspiration.

    Jay

  17. Frank Dobner says:

    Hey nice list Tyler. I think this covers about everything.

  18. Nia says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

  19. AndrewENZ says:

    I can’t really disagree with any of those. I particularly like #11 under food!

  20. Jessica says:

    These are all great tips! Your #15 under the basics, be careful listening to friends and family, is so true for me. About two summers ago I was at 140lbs, my lowest weight (since then I have gained some weight, lost someone weight, and I’m now at 145 lbs). My mother and grandmother kept telling me that I didn’t need to lose any more weight, but I still felt like I needed to lose more. I still had belly fat and I knew the risk of having excess belly fat (increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers). Diabetes runs in my family and I want to try to avoid it if I can.

  21. Rebecca says:

    Hey Tyler, I love your website. I found it, funnily enough, when I googled “How to get out of a weight loss plateau.” 🙂 Your weight loss story is so inspiring and I really appreciate how honest and straightforward you are with all of your posts. I have found myself revisiting your site frequently when I need a little bit of motivation – like yesterday, I didn’t feel like going to the gym, but then I read a few posts and they inspired me to not be lazy and just GO and work out! And I was really glad that I went.

    I’ve been losing weight for 6 months now. So far I’ve lost 46.3 pounds – only 23.7 more until I reach my goal. I’m getting to the point where I’m plateauing frequently and losing less weight each week, so I get pretty discouraged, but I’m not giving up. Like I said, reading about your weight loss and your tips here helps me keep my motivation.

    As for tips I have a few to share:

    – Buy a couple sets of measuring cups and spoons, and use them! If that box of cereal says a serving is 1/2 cup, measure out half a cup. If that salad dressing says a serving is 2 tablespoons, measure it out. This is way better than “guesstimating” what a half a cup or two tablespoons looks like. I use my measuring cups/spoons all the time. I think I’d even like to get a food scale for measuring dry foods or foods that list calorie counts by weight.

    – Always be HONEST with yourself. I use the program Loseit on my ipod to track my calories. Sometimes I’ve indulged in the extra cookie or serving and thought to myself, “well, maybe if I don’t log this in Loseit, I won’t feel as badly about eating it…” Then I realize how ridiculous that is. If I’m not going to be honest with myself about what I’m eating, then I’m a coward. I always log everything I eat and even if I indulge and go over my calorie limit, I know I’m holding myself accountable for my actions. Being honest with yourself about what you eat, how much you eat and how active you are is a huge part of weight loss.

    – Set up a goal for yourself for going to the gym. I’m rather lucky because my gym has a “new member rewards” plan that gives me medals for doing certain things at the gym (like seeing a trainer, attending a class, bringing a friend, working out a certain number of times per month). You can then redeem these medals after 6 months for prizes, such as personal training sessions, fitness magazines, etc. The hardest medals to earn are for going to the gym 100 days in the first 6 months. That has been my goal ever since I joined and it really has kept me going to the gym. I know that if I don’t go to the gym at least 4 times a week, I won’t earn those medals. I very rarely WANT to go to the gym so anything that gets me there is a good thing. And if I’m THERE at the gym, all decked out in my gym clothes, I might as well give my body a good workout, right?

    All your other tips are great, especially the ones about having workout buddies and people to talk to to keep you motivated about your weight loss. Keep up the great work with this site! Thanks.

  22. Mike B says:

    Great tips! And obviously successful ones…#50 is really hitting close to home right now, I’ve had some success so far and suddenly find myself struggling. Funny, you’d think it would feed off of itself. Just need to remind yourself of why you started all the time.
    Blogging seems to help though, adds a level of accountability. Thanks, I often check your site, also helps with the motivation!

  23. Jason says:

    Tyler,

    Not to argue with you and your success but your body can burn fat for fuel. Low carb is perfectly healthy. I lost 300 lbs on it in less then 15 months. I don’t recommend it for everyone as each person as some people work better or different types of diets. I do not agree with saying it is unhealthy.

    Jason

  24. Tom Jacobson says:

    I lost 30 pounds all fat, doing this routine. As far as exercise I did 3 mornings of cardio for about 45 mins. alternating with 90 mins. of light weight lifting the other 3 days. Sunday off.

    In order to lose weight I ate 5 to 6 small meals (300 to 500 calories each) and did juicing for 2 of those. I never eat the same caloric content for each day. I think calorie shifting fools your body into thinking its not on a diet. Start your first meal at 7am and the last one at 5pm. Only drink water after 5pm. Throw in a little morning aerobics to rev up the metabolism for the rest of the day. Don’t forget to clean your pipes before starting a weight loss program – more info here: http://www.thefinalpound.com

    One more thing, for motivation I took very revealing photos of myself in my underwear and posted these on the fridge, mirrors, car dash, etc. I also wrote my body fat measurement on these pictures. Take pictures once each month to see your progress, This works!! Also, journal your progress and adjust exercise and diet as necessary.

  25. Tina says:

    GREAT LIST TYLER.
    You know that post you had about a week ago asking what post you should have links to, that we really like? THIS is definitely one of those.
    There isn’t much to add to that list, it covers just about all of it! The only thing I could add is:
    CUT OUT POP (or soda as you may call it) EVEN DIET POP.
    It is so unhealthy for you, and now that I drink so much water and hardly ever pop- I can really FEEL the difference. My goal is to cut it out completely, but I have relapsed a couple times…

  26. Tara says:

    we all think that’s in the makings but he won’t reveal it (yet)…

  27. Tyler says:

    That’s a good idea, PO.

  28. Cat says:

    Fantastic advice….I have learned something new today. Great idea dipping your fork into the dressing!!

    Thank you so much. Lots of new advice and great reiteration of the old stuff that we may have forgotten.

    Cheers!

  29. Abi says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now; never commented before but had to come out from the woodwork to say this is the best post yet! I’m in the process of gradually shifting to a healthy lifestyle myself, great inspirational stuff & advice too 🙂

  30. Shelli Belly says:

    T~
    What an incredible list. I believe that I have the knowledge it’s the Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday that is the most difficult.

    So the question I have to answer is “Know what you’re fighting for”

    I already know who I have been fighting.
    Oh the mental games we play.

  31. Rose says:

    I’ve never heard of the “medal” idea, but I think it’s great.

    I once had a Doctor recommend having “non food incentives” for yourself. This is also covered in rule #8, but I wanted to mention it. For those of us who don’t have a gym, or a gym that does this program, it’s a good idea.

    In college, I promised myself something nice, but less than $5, as my “non food incentive” for weight loss/fitness.

  32. Joey says:

    Once you’ve become an “expert” at a particular sport, sign up for competitions. I took up running in January and I’ve already run 1 race and signed up for 2 more. Your local running club will have a list of races and if you live in a moderately sized city, there’s some nearly every weekend to sign up for. And don’t be embarrassed about your times. Even if you come in dead last, you’re still doing better than the other poor schleps who didn’t sign up!

  33. Joey says:

    I think low carb works if you are either unable or unwilling to exercise, but it’s an unsustainable lifestyle. Once you start exercising you’ll need those carbs.

  34. Jessica says:

    Tyler,
    I’m not sure what the best way is to get in touch with you, but I just started reading your blog. I’m in complete amazement over your transformation. I am so impressed and inspired by you. Good for you! I want to lose a total of about 50 pounds (I started out weighing about 200lbs, and am right around 190 now and according to BMI I should be around 150), I’ve lost about 10 give or take a few. I keep a blog of everything I eat: http://losethefood.weebly.com/ and have been trying to exercise 4-5 times a week. This week, I’m up to 3 times, but exercise is where I really lack the motivation.

    Anyway, I’ve read all of your tips online but if you have anything to add about motivating myself to exercise, that would be awesome. I’m trying to make today the 4th day, so I’m trying to push myself off of the couch but got caught up reading on blogs. It’s only 3pm so I need to just DO IT. Again, congratulations, you’re clearly a motivation to all that have read your blog. You look like a totally different person, and because I get so embarrassed to take pictures or look in the mirror sometimes, you are definitely a serious inspiration for me to make a huge change. I will be starting to plan my wedding soon, so I want to look stunning.

    Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It’s is truly amazing. I will be keeping tabs on your progress and your blog to continue to be motivated!!

  35. Jessica says:

    Tyler, I’m not sure what the best way is to get in touch with you, but I just started reading your blog. I’m in complete amazement over your transformation. I am so impressed and inspired by you. Good for you! I want to lose a total of about 50 pounds, and I’ve lost about 10 give or take a few. I keep a blog of everything I eat: http://losethefood.weebly.com/ and have been trying to exercise 4-5 times a week. This week, I’m up to 3 times, but exercise is where I really lack the motivation. Anyway, I’ve read all of your tips online but if you have anything to add about motivating myself to exercise, that would be awesome. I’m trying to make today the 4th day, so I’m trying to push myself off of the couch but got caught up reading on blogs. It’s only 3pm so I need to just DO IT. Again, congratulations, you’re clearly a motivation to all that have read your blog. You look like a totally different person, and because I get so embarrassed to take pictures or look in the mirror sometimes, you are definitely a serious inspiration for me to make a huge change. I will be starting to plan my wedding soon, so I want to look stunning. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It’s is truly amazing. I will be keeping tabs on your progress and your blog to continue to be motivated!!

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Great tips!!! Thanks!

  37. DJ Neu says:

    I completely agree about eating low carb. I eat a low carb vegetarian diet. Before switching diets, I was still eating a vegetarian diet, but with whole wheat breads, brown rice, and such. I was exercising 3+ days a week and eating between 800 – 1200 calories w/ few results. As soon as I tossed out those carbs, my belly and back fat diminished quickly. I’ve been eating like this since Dec 28 and I’ve been nothing, but successful for the first time in my life due to this one little positive change. I’ve discovered new ways to enjoy the stuff I love by eating spaghetti squash, ground chickpeas, and in the next week I’ll be making bread with garbanzo bean flour. It’s been tough learning to adjust, but totally worth it.

    P.S. Most of your tips were spot on. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  38. anu says:

    I have two words for you, Tyler. “Amazing Grace”. Those are the first two words that come to my mind when I think of you. You lost such an incredible amount, then slipped about 3 weeks ago, publicly acknowledged your folly, and have got back on track, with lessons for us all. There is no reason for me to say this since I have no ownership over you – but I am really proud of you! You are the stuff I dream of being made of.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.