griffith pose

You Know All Those Articles That Say “I Did This One Thing And Lost Weight”. I Looked At 67 Of Them.

marc pepin running uphill


I don’t know about you, but I always seem to see an article headline saying something like “This One Thing Helped Me Finally Lose Weight”. Well, I thought it would be interesting to look through a bunch of these types of articles and make a list of all the “one things” that people say. I ended up looking at 67 different articles with similar types of headlines.

The one concept that showed up the most was to eat more fiber. FYI, women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine. Some of the best choices for fiber include beans, peas, artichokes, whole wheat flour, dark leafy greens, barley, bulgur, raspberries, blackberries, prunes, nuts, and oats.

Check out the remaining concepts on the list. Hopefully you can find one that works best for you. The number in parentheses next to each concept indicates how many times that specific concept showed up.

  • Eat more fiber (6)
  • Drink more water (3)
  • Cook at home (3)
  • Stay positive and stop body shaming yourself (3)
  • Plan meals in advance (3)
  • Eat less sugar (3)
  • Eat more whole foods (2)
  • Consistency (2)
  • Keep a food log (2)
  • Stop dieting, instead start introducing healthier food (2)
  • Commit to a new lifestyle (2)
  • Sleep more (2)
  • Weight train (2)
  • Eat more veggies (2)
  • Walk more (2)
  • Stop counting calories (2)
  • Use smaller plates (2)
  • Start measuring your food
  • Eat frequently
  • Step on the scale
  • Ditch the scale
  • Take a before photo
  • Eat Less Carbs
  • Make bets on your weight loss
  • Commit to working out four times a week
  • Try new fitness activities
  • Listen to your body
  • Manage your stress
  • Chew slowly
  • Eat with awareness
  • Stand more
  • Do yoga
  • Eat the same foods everyday
  • Place healthy foods at eye level in the fridge
  • Set goals
  • Forget exercise, it’s all about diet
  • Find people to share you journey with
  • Drink apple cider vinegar, warm water, and honey before breakfast
  • Cut back on salt
  • Be honest with yourself
  • Healthier snacking

Related Articles

gluten free

Don't Be Fooled By These 8 Nutrition Myths

happy people

12 Incredible Benefits Of Exercise

guy lifting weights

What Are Supersets And Why Should You Do Them?