Free Weight Loss Tips: What You’ll Need To Get Started On Your Goal

When it comes to free weight loss tips, it’s not the “magic cures” you should pay attention to. It’s the real, solid advice that will set you on a healthy track for the rest of your life. And when you’re starting a new weight loss goal, anything that’ll make things easier on yourself is worth trying.

I started my weight loss journey last fall and just hit the mark of losing 20 pounds! I didn’t do this through gimmicks but rather readjusting my eating habits and making healthier choices. Are you trying to lose weight? Have you hit a plateau? Here are 5 steps you should take to you along your weight loss journey. Have you missed one of these steps?

Free Weight Loss Tips: What You’ll Need To Get Started On Your Goal

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5 Free Weight Loss Tips

1) Buy A (food) Scale: This is the first of the free weight loss tips and it’s a very important one. You’ll need to keep a scale not only to keep track of your weight, but also scales for the kitchen to weigh out proper portions of food. You’ll be surprised at just how much you’re eating. Many of us overeat when we don’t strictly measure our portions or aren’t aware of what is considered an appropriate serving!

2) Find Support: If you can find an exercise and/or dieting buddy, then you’ll have support to continue even when things are at their most difficult. Studies show that dieting alongside someone else makes it a lot easier to meet your targets and set up healthy new habits. If there really isn’t anyone who wants to join you, one of the best free weight loss tips is to at least confide in others and share specific goals that will keep yourself accountable.

To find my community, I joined MyFitnessPal. You can join me there, too! CLICK HERE.

3) Get A Notepad: You need a notepad to note down the foods you’re eating, and even the exercises you’re doing if that helps. Although it can be tedious, knowing exactly what goes into your body helps you to improve things little by little. You can also use your notepad as a place to vent if you’re feeling frustrated, and to reinforce your goals to help motivate you to continue.

I’m not necessarily a pen and paper girl, however. And I’m an addict to my iPhone. So I joined MyFitnessPal to help me keep track of what I’m eating online as well as on my phone.

4) Go Through Your Cabinets: If you’re going to be dieting then you don’t want to have temptation all around you in your home. So go through all your cabinets and get rid of food that will lead you astray and won’t serve you well. Then go shopping and buy plenty of healthy snacks, like fruit, that you can have on hand whenever you’re feeling peckish. I can’t tell you how much easier it is not to eat poorly than just getting rid of all of that junk and not letting it back into the house.

5) Choose An Exercise Program: Now that you’ve got everything else sorted, it’s time to work out the kind of exercise you want to do. Although you’ll have to make sacrifices and sometimes do things you won’t enjoy, you can cater your exercise to what feels best for you. This could mean starting by walking every day, or running a certain amount of miles on the treadmill. Whatever you do, make sure you put it into a solid plan!


This article is a series of weekly health-focused posts as I work my way back to living healthy. Join me in my quest.



  1. I completely agree, especially about the notepad. Most days I would pre plan out my food for the day so I knew exactly what I was eating. I also agree about having only healthy foods. Sometimes I would get a “premium chocolate bar” like Endangered Species, that was scored into small pieces and let myself have one square per day. That way I still felt like I could have a treat and not feel like I was “missing out”. I also would say not only to purchase the healthy food but to cut into servings like celery and carrot sticks, melon cubes, etc and put into clear containers so you can see them when you open the fridge.

    1. Love the idea of already cutting up the fruits/veggies and putting them into clear containers. I do that already but glad you mentioned it. If you don’t see it and it isn’t easy to reach for, you’re definitely less likely to pick a healthy choice.

  2. I too found using a food scale to be extremely eye-opening. It’s important to remember that you won’t need to use it forever – because it can be rather tedious – but it’s important to adjust your perception of what constitutes a healthy serving.

    1. Yes. It really was a great way to educate myself about portions.

  3. Karen Sargent says:

    These are great tips! I’m trying to lose weight as well, and it’s difficult to make the right food and exercise choices while living in a dorm. These are all easy enough to do and can help keep a (poor and tired) college student on track 🙂

    1. Absolutely! Eating healthier should always be about making it as easy as possible… or else you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

  4. Joining a support group is a great thing to do. I joined a facebook fitness group about 9 months ago that is very positive and active with fitness posts and goals – that really motivates me to want to workout and keep up with others. Also – planning meals each week is very good for me for staying on track and feeding my family healthy dinners.

  5. I need to lose some weight, but I haven’t been that serious about it. Just these 5 points show that you need to take it seriously! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

    1. Thanks, Kimberly! Hope you get outside this weekend…. amid the thunderstorm and hail storm in Chicagoland, we still managed to eek out some sunshine and get outdoors.

  6. Hi Jenny,
    Any article title which includes the words weight loss gets my immediate attention! Smile! Thank you so much for sharing the wise and wonderful weight loss tips on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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