11 Favorite Weight-Loss Stories of 2020

Brianna Wippman
by Brianna Wippman
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Many New Year’s resolutions center around losing weight, but the real secret to doing so and keeping it off is creating healthy habits for life. This year, we learned how to determine if you’re eating enough for weight loss, mistakes to avoid in order to keep your metabolism strong and more.

Here, our 10 most-read weight-loss stories of 2020, plus a bonus editor’s pick — taking it to 11. Cheers to an even healthier 2021!

1. 5 SIGNS YOU’RE EATING TOO LITTLE FOR WEIGHT LOSS
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might think you need to cut as many calories from your diet as possible. The truth is, it’s possible to eat too little, which actually makes it harder to achieve a healthy weight. A registered dietitian shares the warning signs.

2. WHAT IS THE BEST INTERMITTENT FASTING WINDOW TO LOSE BELLY FAT?
In 2020, intermittent fasting remained popular for weight-loss, and some research suggests eating within a certain window of time could specifically help reduce belly fat.

3. 12 BAD HABITS THAT KILL YOUR METABOLISM
Simple tweaks like a protein-rich breakfast and sleeping in a cool room can support your metabolism to burn more calories.

4. THE MOST DANGEROUS FAT IS THE EASIEST TO LOSE
Because of its proximity to the liver, visceral fat (aka belly fat) is most dangerous for your health. Luckily, it’s easier to burn compared to less risky, subcutaneous fat that likes to stick around.

5. 8 FOODS THAT ARE SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Instead of thinking of what you can’t have, focus on all the foods you can add to your plate for a healthier diet.

6. 3 WAYS TO TIGHTEN LOOSE SKIN AFTER WEIGHT LOSS
When you shed a fair amount of weight quickly, loose skin is natural and something often overlooked in weight-loss discussions. The good news is diet and exercise habits can help tighten loose skin.

7. 8 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR SET POINT WEIGHT
If you ever feel like your body hovers around a certain number on the scale regardless of your healthy diet and ramped up exercise habits — it’s not all in your head. While there’s an explanation rooted in science, you can still implement smart strategies to reach your goal weight.

8. 10 SIMPLE CHANGES THAT LEAD TO WEIGHT LOSS
Micro-strategies — such as drinking a glass of water when you wake up and eating a protein-rich breakfast — can yield big weight-loss results.

9. 11 EASY NIGHTTIME WEIGHT-LOSS HACKS
Set yourself up for success overnight with these weight-loss tricks (like setting out your morning workout outfit) that take just 15 minutes or less.

10. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF, ACCORDING TO A DOCTOR
While weight-loss is often focused on the physical, it’s important to pay attention to any psychological stressors, too, and learn healthy coping mechanisms.

EXPERTS DEBATE: SHOULD YOU LOSE FAT OR BUILD MUSCLE FIRST?
This is sort of like the chicken or egg debate of healthy body recomposition. Luckily, both approaches have benefits.

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About the Author

Brianna Wippman
Brianna Wippman

Brianna took up marathoning in France and swapped the Seine for the East River in New York City. She has written lifestyle, nutrition, health and fitness content for publications including Food Arts, Food & Wine and Furthermore from Equinox. You’ll find her running, at a new restaurant, or in the dog park with her beagle mix Roxy.

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