The Greatest Weight Loss Article Of All Time

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Alright, so it may be a tiny exaggeration. And even if it wasn’t, my opinion may be slightly biased considering that I am the writer. And sure, using fun attention-getting titles is something I’m a big fan of doing. However, what I can say with absolute certainty is that “the greatest weight loss article of all time” is exactly what I set out to put together.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that this is the week when millions of people around the world make their New Year’s Resolutions. I also mentioned that the #1 resolution may very well be to lose weight.

I then mentioned something that probably sounded a bit strange… that you should not spend a second of your time doing anything weight loss related. Don’t research. Don’t learn. Don’t buy. Whatever you do, don’t go out and look for weight loss. My reason for this of course was that I was going to “bring weight loss to you.”

And now, as promised, I present to you (I’m also a huge fan of overly dramatic introductions)…

The Ultimate Weight Loss Guide

As for a brief description, I’ll let its first paragraph do the describing:

This is it, folks. This is the first, last and only weight loss article you will EVER need to read. Only, this is much more than an article. This, my friends, is a guide. In fact, it’s the ultimate weight loss guide. It’s a collection of every single thing you will ever need to know about losing weight. Every helpful tip, every useful fact… it’s all here, compiled in one place, just for you.

If you need to lose weight, this is EVERYTHING you’ll need.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

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  • Nicole February 05, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I just finished reading this guide, and it is awesome! Every tip or fact I learned really gave me a great idea on what to do and how to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. You did a great job writing it, and you have a funny/motivating attitude too=)!

  • Grace February 09, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you. Your site is an island of sanity amid all the craziness that surrounds diet and nutrition. You debunk the hype and clarify the important information. Your efforts are a gift to all of us; and I felt compelled to acknowledge that gift.

  • Valerie February 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing freely on your website all you know about dieting and nutrition. It is so stimulating to see that some people truly care about the world and the people we live in and do want to make a difference by helping others with no other intention. That’s awesome!

  • Patti February 23, 2009 at 2:08 am

    You are a GOLD NUGGET in a slag heap of a diet world, thank you, and God Bless You & Yours, Patti

  • Chris February 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    G’day buddy.

    That’s a great article you just read. It’s all true too. I’ve tried numerous ‘diets’ but they all failed. However, I just started to eat sensibly and exercise. Long story short I’ve lost 45kg and I went from 119 to 75kg.

    Great article, if you’re looking to lose weight it honestly is the only thing you should read.


  • Jeri H March 06, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I have been looking for something to help me start on the road of weight loss and i found it here. I am so happy that you put this out for all the people to see and understand so they can lose weight. thank you SO much!!!!

  • Lindsay March 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you for writing this. I get so frustrated with all of the fad diets and promises. I hope people will read this and finally understand that this is the only “magic” diet they need. GREAT job!!!!

  • Darynda March 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I like your attitude. It’s honest and refreshing. Thanks!

  • Donna March 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you for this site. It is the only thing Ihave needed to read ever. I really like the way you put it plain the amount of protein, fat and carbs my body needs. I also liked the fact that any exercise will help you lose as I am handicapped and can’t walk very well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have tried to lose weight over 33 years for all the wrong reasons. Now I am losing for me–to make me healthy and happy. Thank you and God bless you.

  • Kim March 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Thank you for doing the research. I spend more time at my computer then anything so I was looking up as many facts as I could on healthy weight loss, calories, foods ect. I have been working on a program based on your site and my lifestyle for a week. Because I am overweight reducing my diet a few hundred calories and doing some light walking I lost 5lbs. I expect it to taper off to a lb or 2 but alot of it was water, just the jump I needed in order to want to balance my life and health. Thank you again for the awesome one click reference guide.

  • Nada El Sheikh March 31, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Oh My God!!! I’ve never read something that condensed ever ever before!!
    That gave me all the information required in a informative yet convincible way!! i really loved it!
    I’m starting on it from today!

  • A Fat Guy April 13, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Love your article – easy to read and straight to the point. Thank you very much for the enlightenment on weight. Now if only there was a similar article for my golf game.

  • Colin April 22, 2009 at 2:13 am

    You rule. So simple, so straight-forward. The extreme lack of douchebaggery that takes place on this website is astounding.

  • Brenda April 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    How fortunate for me (all of us) that I stumbled onto this site. For nearly three weeks I have been tracking my caloric intake, and I have stuck to it. I am walking every day and keeping myself busy with projects and activities. This has been so important to avoid boredom when I am working or at home.
    My one pitfall is that I am so afraid of eating anything that is higher in calories and I know I need to eat more foods higher in protein. Are there any low calorie, high protein foods that I should consider?
    Thank you for all your work. I feel confident that I can do this and lose 15 pounds that I have carried around for the past 5 years.

  • Hacker's Diet Practitioner April 23, 2009 at 6:33 am

    A clear and to the point article. I follow the Hacker’s Diet” for years now and it works for me.
    This article sums up the same principles in a more concise way.
    For me, daily weighing was the best method to keep on track.
    It became a habit that hardly requires attention.
    I use a weight tracking tool to record weight over time (

  • Kelly April 23, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I LOVED this article!! It was wonderfully informative and helpful!
    It was very well written and very motivation!!

  • Neil May 05, 2009 at 6:18 am

    This is by far THE BEST GUIDE on weight loss i have ever read! Amazing! Its simple,has all the information you need and the best part is that this guider works!

    I say pull all those other weight loss guides of the net and publish this everywhere..
    For years i have tried looking for the best guide and this it. if i had a billion thumbs i wud point em straight up for the ULTIMATE WEIGHT LOSS GUIDE!!


  • Kristen May 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    This was such a great thing to stumble upon. I had a baby about the time this article came out. I am tired of the extra weight, and I wasn’t about to do some crazy fad diet. I have been spending the better half of the day reading up on this subject. I was so frustrated! I couldn’t seem to figure out a way to map out a plan that I can stick to. Now I have one after reading this article. After plugging in the numbers of what I ate today (not dieting) I was sickened! It made sense that I wasn’t losing weight even though I am chasing my toddler all day. So I took the dreadful pictures of myself, and even forced myself in my pre pregnancy pants, to track my progress! Guess we’ll see! But thank you!

  • daniel May 23, 2009 at 6:30 am

    this is a great article that is bullshit free… thank you soo much for having the decency to write it… its gold.. we need more people like you in the world my friend.
    thanks again

  • deirdre May 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    This site is fantastic. I feel like for the first time in my life, I really understand how to portion my food. Thanks so much!

  • Eileen May 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Two years ago I did probably the smartest thing of my entire life, I quit smoking, but at the same time I did one of the dumbest things I have ever done, I quit working with our race horses. (cleaning stall, raking the shed row, bucking hay, etc) and as a consequence I gained 30 pounds.
    Now I am 66 years old, packing too much weight and wondering how I am going to be able to safely take it off.
    Thanks to you I have found my weight loss program. One that is safe, healthy, and as long as I pay attention, will work.
    Thank you so much for publishing your program.
    You are a true hero to those of us out here in the overweight world.

  • Jaye June 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Absolutely the best weight loss article I’ve ever read. Isn’t it funny how we make things so much harder than we have to? Kudos to you and all that read, and follow, your advice!

  • Evonda June 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I just started back doing the “right things” to lose fat and gain strength. Reading your cite was so inspirational! I truly thank you for keeping it real and making it simple yet informative.

  • Nichole June 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I have gone from 152ish to about 143ish after reading and using your site :) My weight loss has slowed down a bit, but I’m hoping to get down to 135-140. I’m fitting so much better in my clothes! I finally feel like I understand how to eat and be satisfied.

  • Dave July 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm


    … and thank you for sharing this! You are truly making a positive difference in other people’s lives by freely sharing this “no non-sense” guide. I will pay it forward.

  • Susan August 08, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    This is a very detail and easy to understand article. I am very motivated to start applying these suggestions to my lifestyle. Keep up the good work. Thanks !

  • Taheera August 09, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this guide. I’ve read so much junk out there, I was confused. However, your guide was easy to understand and follow. I am finally able to determine exactly what my daily intake should be to lose weight and maintain health. Thanks a million!!!!

  • Constance Foong August 30, 2009 at 5:00 am

    So far, its the most realistic and practical approach to people like me who is interested to lose weight without having to resort having for such useless programs advertised in the website. Thanks alot for such awesome and useful tips and guidelines to change from fat to fit through your methods.

    Yes. I fully agreed that being staying slim and healthy is no longer a diet but a change of lifestyle which we have to follow because there is no free lunch in this world. We have to work on it. Seeing pretty good shapes and sexy figures are no magic but we have to work on it.

    Thanks…thanks and appreciate you alot for such good and wholesome advice and i am sure lots of people will benefit from this website and please keep coming with such tips for people like me who knows nothing but depends on websites like yours to help us to stay slim and with no money charged!

    Its the best next thing to heaven….

    Constance Foong

  • Jeff September 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for coming up with such a nice comprehensive guide. While I know most of the things it contained, I bookmarked it for reference. I think this will help a lot of people. I do have one suggestion. There is a wonderful free website for tracking weightloss called I have been using it for 2 years now and its really helpful in being able to see your recorded weights in a graph to track your progress.

    Thanks again

    Down 60 pounds in 18 months, its slow progress, but its progress regardless.

  • Caitlin October 12, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I loved your article! I learned a lot of new information regarding diet/ exercise. You were very to the point which many articles don’t do, and your writing style kept me engaged. Very witty! Thanks bunches

  • Jessica October 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    whoever wrote this article I want to give them a huge hug… One, for being brutally honest, two not trying to sell any products just facts and three….you put it out there for free. Some one who honestly just wants to help people lose weight and not make a damn buck. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don’t ever comment to anything on the computer, infact I rarely ever use the computer at all but I felt that I had to comment to this page and thank the author.

  • frances knickle November 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    This is an excellent snesible website and aricle. and funny.

  • Sasikanth December 02, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Great article. The comparison between smoking and junk food is pretty darn convincing for me. I find it a powerful convincing tool.
    Also I wish you would expand the article to include the importance of a high metabolic rate. As in, when you work out on a regular basis you have a higher metabolism that burns calories faster and throughout the day. Also how muscle is more expensive to build and maintain, compared to fat.

  • Anup December 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this excellent article. I just spent the last 30 minutes taking notes, and I love how accessible this information is.

    I appreciate the no B.S. approach.

  • Fay December 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I love you!!!! Thanks

  • Sharon January 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Great article; you cracked me up at times.

  • Leslee February 03, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The absolute best website for losing weight..I’m so angry about all the BS the weight loss industry is allowed to get away with and how they are allowed to exploit desperate people!!! Kudos to you..I have lost over 80lbs counting calories… I have forwarded this website to all my friends who need to lose weight and have paid big bucks to a bunch of lying thieves…ALL are SHOCKED that the ONLY way to lose wwight is to count calories…. and not subscribing to some convoluted money making scheme.

  • Cath March 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks so much for your article! I have been searching out calorie counting and came across your guidelines which make perfect sense. I have spent a bomb on slimming clubs onlt to be back to square one and have now joined a swimming pool and gym with my money instead in the hope th excercise will help more. I have failed so many times before but really feel positive about this and am going to go for it! Thankyou.

  • Iyesaainnes March 26, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Wow! You told me a lot of information that I already new. The funny thing is, it is more encouraging and motivating coming from you. There were many tips and calculations that I am happy to have! THANK YOU!

  • Karen March 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I made a resolutio on January 12th to get my a** in gear when the scale hit 303.6 pounds. I began by focusing on anti inflammatory foods and doing more vegetables and fruits. Then I call Horizon -my insurance carrier and asked for any free help they had to offer on Feb 26th…that’s when i started writing everything down. Then I found your calorie counter and today I read your whole article and took notes and wrapped my whole program up into what I know I should do and can do and be healthy and mobile for the rest of my life.
    I have lost 21 pounds in 10 weeks. Now, I have the most motivation and conviction I had lost for several years! Thank you so much. I will ignore everything else and keep my eye on the goal and say a prayer for you often.
    You are on my favorites tab!

  • nina April 02, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    i wont deny the fact that i had started a fad diet. i reduced alot in no time, but gained all back as soon as i ate anything like ANYTHING. after reading your post i know what exactly i have to do to keep myself fit:)
    thanks alot

  • Sandie May 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    OMG! Who are you and where have you been ALL MY LIFE! I stumbled onto this website while doing some research on starting Nutrasystem. I was so close to throwing away hundreds of dollars on garbage for my husband and myself. I feel so liberated, I have done slim fast, low fat, atkins,cabbage soup, even weight watchers, why calculate points when calories in/out is so simple. Why cause what you said.. I paid for it.
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for telling me what I really needed to hear. I cant wait to eat healthy and put more out than I am putting in…DUH :)

  • Mimi June 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I can’t even begin to thank you enough!!! I have probably possibly tried every fad diet there is and always either give up or gain it all back! You not only made it simple but you gave me the tools to be sucessful. Who could of known it was so easy and that I have complete control of my outcome thats great news to a control freak like me. Last year I walked at least 4-5 times a week for at least 30-60 min. a day and took Solo Slim to loss nothing more than 7lbs (quite discouraging)with the end result being that after the holidays I had gain all 7lbs back and then some. I was mislead to believe that Weight loss is a magic pill or magic trick diet or whatever and was never once told I actually had control! Again thanks so much for your staight forward advice-no gimmicks weight loss guide!!! I started it two weeks ago and As of this morning I have LOST 4lbs-Thats Incredible!

  • amie June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    All i can say is…”THANK GOD I CAME ACROSS THIS SITE”. Was researching calorie restriction and now I have the best info ever. And it’s free too. Are you out of this world?… lol

  • Mimi July 30, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Well I am back again! Just an update to let everyone know that as of today (8 weeks later)I have lost a total of 10 lbs. and I am so excited about how well this works. I will stick to this because the results don’t lie and thats what keeps me motivated. I love having the control and knowing that if I do happen to go over my daily calories I can just do extra exercises to compensate for it. Thats Awesome-Your Awesome!!! Again Thank You So Much!!!

  • Llyn August 01, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Excellent information clearly presented! In fact, the best thing I have read on the subject of weight loss ever. A million thanks for all your efforts to put this information in one location, without all the fluff, hype, and rhetoric that typically accompanies weight-loss articles. I will be recommending this site and article to people who ask me about the best way to lose weight. KUDOS to you!!

  • Curt September 01, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Have been dieting all my adult life with little success. I have done every diet except the one that works. I have been on this program for 13 weeks and have lost 31 lbs and I can tell it will stay off this time. Thanks for a great article and the inspiration.

  • Brian M. September 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, I started writing down my own notes for what works and what doesn’t and came across your article….no need to continue my article….you already wrote it! I’ve lost 112 pounds following the main point of the article. My only critique would be to emphasize logging what you eat in a notebook. When you write it down, along with the calories that are associcated with what you eat, it makes you accountable. It’s right there in black and white. I think a lot of people just don’t account for everything they eat, and end up “lying” to themselves. The main point is that your body doesn’t lie.

  • Sue September 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for helping me to help my child. The calorie maintenance tool, links to estimated calories burned and the protein, carbohydrate and fat ratio information really put us on the right track to a healthy future for him.In the last six weeks he has lost 5 3/4 pounds..that’s a lot for a six year old.Three more pounds and he will be at a healthy weight.The information that you shared has helped me to help my whole family be healthier and happier. I don’t know if you realize it or not but you helped a little life in a BIG way!

  • Andrew December 04, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    This is the only information you will ever need in order to lose weight. As an exercise physiologist, it’s always nice to see some truth out there in the mass of crap that everyone is always talking about. The only thing I say to be careful of is this, when you calculate your BMR, be sure to use and accurate height measurement and when you put your weight into the calculator use the bottom and top of the healthy weight range according to the BMI chart which I don’t even like but I digress. If you are overweight, for example a 200lb man at 5’8 and you put 200lbs into the calculator it is going to give you a calorie maintence level WAY higher than what you should be shooting for.


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