Nearly one fifth of U.S. adults are on a special diet at any given time, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. However, countless individuals still find themselves struggling to shed those extra pounds, and with so many weight loss companies promoting so many different—and frequently expensive—ways to lose weight, it’s no wonder slimming down remains such a challenge.

That’s why we’ve reached out to registered dietitians to provide their best tips for healthy, sustainable weight loss you can start right now. Whether you’re eager to lose 10 pounds or 100, read on to find out what nutritional experts really recommend when it comes to losing weight. And for more great ways to slim down, check out these 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.


Instead of simply focusing on what you’re giving up to slim down, try focusing on what you could be eating more of, like healthy, low-calorie vegetables.

“Vegetables help keep you full for longer due to the fiber and water in the vegetables,” says Courtney D’Angelo, MS, RD, registered dietitian and author at Fit Healthy Momma.

“If you struggle eating veggies in the first place, try making eating them more fun! You can try cooking spaghetti with spiral [veggie] noodles, or you can add greens to smoothies,” D’Angelo suggests.


While ketogenic diets may be having a moment, you may want to think twice before cutting grains from your diet if you’re trying to lose weight.

“Research supports that eating carbohydrates, or whole-grain wheat, can help with weight loss. Eating grains has been shown to increase your metabolism, which helps with weight loss,” says D’Angelo, who notes that a 2017 study published in Nutrients has linked consumption of whole grains to lower rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Even if you’re not big on breakfast, kicking off your morning with a few glasses of water can make it easier to avoid overeating throughout the day.

“Hydrating is a simple and effective way to promote weight loss. Water is also an appetite suppressant. Sometimes, you may …….


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