Healthy Weight Loss Resources to Use (and Some to Avoid)

Healthy Weight Loss Resources

With the gestures broadly still underway, healthy weight loss resources outside the gym are in high demand. As a personal trainer, I get this. Would I prefer that people use their gym or come to my studio? If appropriate for their workout, of course I would. But things as they are, I completely understand why people are staying home. This has opened the opportunity to share some great information that is helpful regardless of whether or not you’re using the gym.

Helpful Weight Loss Resources

I feel like the right online weight loss resources are always a great idea for answering questions. I do my best to answer questions I’m asked in person or on social media like Facebook and Twitter. But I don’t blame people for looking into topics elsewhere too. After all, I’m hardly the be-all and end-all of advice.

Still, it irks me (and that’s not a word I use often…I had to look it up to be sure I was using it right in this case!) to hear some of the weight loss resources that are being consulted. There is a lot of dangerous, self-serving, inaccurate, and outright wrong information circulating out there.

Weight Loss Resources You Can Trust

It’s very important to use sources you can trust.  The problem is that they’re not always obvious! So, I’ve created a list of the weight loss resources I find trustworthy, as well as a few types you should avoid.

A Good List to Get Started

Here are some great weight loss resources I trust:

  1. Mayo Clinic – This is a medical institution with a fantastic reputation. It posts articles that are easy to read and that are reviewed by doctors and other medical experts.
  2. Sharefit – This is a free site that gives you nutrition and activity tracking tools, as well as great real-life weight loss articles and a forum that is small but active and spam-free as far as I’ve seen. I like this one as a great all-around weight loss resource.
  3. Men’s Health – I wouldn’t consult this one for advice, but I do like reading how it’s guy-focused information that taps into very relevant subjects. Overall, it posts great ideas that I can then research in other places like the Mayo Clinic to get to the core of the matter.
  4. Intechra Health – This is the company that makes my top weight loss support pill for this year, TRIMTHIN X700. I’ve added the company’s site to this list because I’ve talked about that pill a few times. If you really want the facts about it, going directly to the company is really your best step. That said, the link provided is to their articles section. I was initially very surprised to see that they have a huge article library and a great active forum for supporting their customers (or anyone else who wants to use those free tools).
  5. Your Doctor or Physical Trainer – Nothing beats one-on-one expert advice from professionals in their fields. If you have a question about your medical wellness, your doctor is definitely your best weight loss resource. Want tips for your workout and related points? Talk to your physical trainer!

Skip These Information Sources

At the same time, there are a lot of weight loss resources out there that you should just skip.  Don’t bother with them. If you’re reading them for entertainment value, go for it. If you’re looking for guidance, leave them behind.

  • Celebrity endorsements
  • Sponsored social media/video/blog posts (it’s a commercial!)
  • Fad diets
  • Anything that sounds extreme or unsustainable
  • Anything you’d be too ashamed to tell your doctor you’re using
  • Opinion articles written by non-experts (at best, consider these to be weight loss resources worthy of further investigation before you consider them to be factual).

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