(Closed) Have you experienced weight loss success by just eating healthier?

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016 - Church by the beach,

Eating less is the key to weight loss more than exercise really but that does help but you really do have to be careful about counting calories because people tend to underestimate amounts we eat.

I am really working on my weight for a while I got upto an obese 200lbs now at around a healthy 130 I mostly focused  eating alot  less the first of the weight came off easiest. The only diet I have really using recently was eating only raw fruit and vegetable as much as I want then having a small 300cal meal of anything for dinner.

Post # 3
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I was a size 0 for a decade simply by being vegetarian. Genetics helped I’m sure. No exercise or calorie counting, ate what I wanted whenever I wanted. I started to eat meat and work out, now a size 4. I’m sure there are other factors but being a vegetarian and not eating fast food definately helped.

Post # 4
1980 posts
Buzzing bee

I lost 25lbs (back to my ideal weight) by diet alone. I did not restrict, just got off bad college cafeteria food and less processed food in general.

Post # 4
3464 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Im horrible at working out (I wish I enjoyed it!!) so I’ve just been eating healthy and tracking my calories and my macros. I’ve lost 15 pounds in approx a month and a half! Not tol shabby. I’m 5′ and now weigh 109, so it’s pretty noticable and I’ll add that I’ve had trouble loosing in the past because of thyroid issues so I’m happy to finally feel thin 

Post # 5
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

bluesparkles:  I think it would depend on just how unhealthy a person is eating. Sure, if somoene eats 2 huge helpings of fries per day and a few cupcakes, if you cut those out, you will probably lose weight because of the cut calories. I don’t think switching to healthier foods without creating a calorie deficit will work.

Post # 6
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

bluesparkles:  I went from eating pretty well to really tracking my food in MFP and I lost close to 10 pounds (from 105 to 95 at 4’11”) without working out at all. Eating is the key factor in weightloss, exercise is an added bonus. 

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Post # 7
2471 posts
Buzzing bee

Binge/compulsive overeater here, and by the Grace of God, I just stopped. 2 years ago I completely cleaned up my eating habits (no sugar, no salt, no grain, no dairy) and lost 85 pounds. 

I’ve just researched “vegan Paleo” and I’m moving somewhat in that direction. Not sure where this will go yet, but after a couple days feeling good and “lighter”.

I developed my own program to start with and I tweak when necessary, but I believe in Paleo and attempt to use its advice.

When I started, at 257 pounds on a fine boned 5’4″ frame, my only exercise was dragging around the extra 80 pounds, but the lighter I got, the more I moved. 

Truthfully, I think healthy eating PLUS increased movement works best. I NEVER use the word “diet” when talking about my eating routines.

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Post # 8
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

Tracking calories with MyFitnessPal is the only way I’ve ever been able to lose weight.  As long as you eat less calories than you are using you will lose weight.

Post # 9
7032 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

bluesparkles:  Believe it or not, weight loss actually starts with your fork! Exercise is super important, but most people are counter productive because while they might work out they don’t eat healthy. If you get yourself into a healthy eating routine, you’ll see results. Then, as you start to incorporate fitness it’ll get better.


Post # 10
1338 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Everyone if different and they say it’s largely diet but I myself have never lost weight without exercise as well.  I think that is partially because when I exercise it influences even better other habits.  It is just a good equalizer for me. I drink more water, eat cleaner, sleep better, feel better.   Without exercise I feel like crap and that influences poorer other habits.  

Plus the extra calorie burn & improved metabolism from strength training.  Strength training is what really peels off pounds for me.  

Post # 11
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Absolutely. You’d be shocked how little calories your exercise actually burns. Diet is the most important party of weightloss. You can count calories through myfitnesspal or just stop eating wheat/grain/dairy/fried food/added sugar and you’ll lose. 

Post # 12
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I lost 20 lbs by eating healthier, and monitering my calories. Discovered I was eating WAY more calories than I should be and thats why I couldn’t lose weight. I was eating like I was still a teenager that was very active and playing sports.

Now I still eat healthy and have added some light exercise and have managed to keep the weight off for over a year now. 

Post # 13
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Yes! I’ve lost 30 lbs just by changing my eating habits from “diet” food to a high fat, low carb diet. The higher fat and lower carbs eliminates most junk food and the fat keeps me much fuller for longer. I eat about 1560 calories a day (or at least that’s my goal in MFP, and is actually about a 200 calorie increase over what I was recommended when I was busting my ass at the gym every day and eating a low fat diet) and lose at a steady pace.

Post # 14
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I use myfitnesspal and walk a couple times a week. weight loss is 70% diet! I’ve been following MFPs calorie recommendation for 3 weeks now and I’m down 6 lbs!

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