Best Weight Loss Plans For Beginners

Many of the best weight loss plans for beginners are skewed with misinformation. It’s a shame, because this is a topic I’m very passionate about, and my goal here is to teach you the truth. Losing weight is simply a matter of calories in vs calories out. It’s not about eating low carb or restricting any foods for that matter.

Once you understand how to eat at a reasonable calorie deficit, which you’ll learn about in this article, you can choose whether you want to follow a diet. I personally don’t, because I understand there’s no need to.

But I used to. In fact, I did restrictive low-carb dieting for years, eating 4 to 5 small meals a day, until I learned the truth about how this all works. You will get BETTER fat loss results eating what you want to eat than you will by cutting out sugar and carbs.

I now strongly suggest steering away from advertising that blasts you with the “10 best diets for weight loss”. The way I see it, a lot of these diets are making money by sending people down rabbit holes where they never actually lose weight and keep it off.

It’s simple. The only thing you need to understand in order to lose weight successfully has to do with calorie consumption. From there, you can make other decisions that will only make your weight loss efforts more successful.

And if you’re just starting out on your weight loss journey, I hope you read carefully. There’s nothing to be overwhelmed by. Just take baby steps. This stuff works.

Start With A Simple Calorie Deficit

If you’re looking to lose weight, I suggest eating at a reasonable 400 calorie deficit. This will cause you to lose approximately 4 – 5 pounds per month. This deficit is a perfect number in my opinion, because you’ll see the weight come off gradually, and you won’t be restricting your foods to the point where you feel like you’re on a diet.

There are two very important things you must understand in order to lose weight successfully. You have to know what your personal calorie deficit is. Then you have to know HOW to actually count calories so that you’re staying within your budget every day.


There’s a very simple calculation you must do in order to figure out your own personal calorie deficit, based on your weight.


Follow the calculation at the link above, and you’ll be set to lose 4 to 5 pounds per month. I’ve shared this calculation with a number of friends who all lost weight doing the exact same thing.

Now, there’s one more thing. You may be asking yourself the following question…

How On Earth Do I Count Calories?

I’m glad you asked. This is crucial for your success. I’ve done my best to make this easy for you. There are two tools you need to make your weight loss progress effortless.

These two tools work together magically to help you count calories efficiently. I used to think I was tracking calories properly until I realized I was way off, and that’s why I wasn’t hitting my fat loss goals. You can’t just guess when it comes to calories.

These tools will change all of that. What you need is a food scale & MyNetDiary or a similar app installed on your phone.


Everything written in that article will take you from A to Z on how to count calories, whether you eat out at McDonald’s, or prepare a homemade meal of lasagna. It’s all written out for you step by step.

I want to be clear that eating at a calorie deficit is not the same as being on a diet. It’s simply a math equation because that’s what true weight loss all boils down to. We’ll cover diets briefly in a later section of this article, but the calorie deficit eliminates the need for a diet.

The Problem With Diets

I know, I haven’t been too kind about diets in this article. Maybe it’s cause of all those years of eating low carb and then watching friends jump on the Keto bandwagon, and fall off cause it’s too damn hard to stick to.

See, those kinds of diets I feel are what mainstream media feed us. But really, the letters D.I.E.T. actually stand for something important.

In fact, I think it was in grade school when I learned that the letters stand for…

Do I Eat Thoughtfully?


Now, is a low carb or Keto diet actually mindful of your overall health?

Think about it. Bacon, avocado, cheese, meats, eggs, nuts, and oils are okay. BUT NO BREAD! NO PASTA! NO RICE! NO LOTS OF THINGS. And then you have to be careful about WHICH veggies or versions of foods you can eat, because if you consume the wrong kind, it may affect your metabolism the wrong way.

This is way too complicated to me, and in my opinion, it’s this kind of thing that makes the very idea of trying to lose weight a miserable experience.

Personally, I feel it’s way easier to just eat balanced meals. I balance out my meals with a good amount of veggies, fruits, proteins, and grains every single day. I also eat McDonald’s if I feel like it, or pizza and ice cream when I’m craving it. But I keep things balanced for the most part.

One Diet I Do Suggest

If I were going to suggest any diet that’s part of mainstream culture, I’d definitely advise you to learn about the Mediterranean Diet. I wrote an article on it, and realized this doesn’t feel like a diet at all. It’s simply a healthy lifestyle that is filled with wholesome foods.

You can easily follow the calorie deficit information in this article while also adhering to the principles of the Mediterranean Diet. I actually may be a bit biased, cause I found a Mediterranean restaurant by my house that’s so incredibly delicious, I can’t stop ordering from there.

I mean seriously though, getting a plate of warm pita bread, fresh hummus, chicken shawarma on a bed of basmati rice with a side of Greek salad is just amazing. I have no problem with the Mediterranean Diet, cause there are no insane restrictions aside from the fact that processed junk foods should be eliminated.

Just remember though, the Mediterranean Diet alone will NOT help you lose weight. You must follow a calorie deficit at the same time.

Find A Solid Exercise Routine

Now that you understand the points above, I’d suggest choosing a workout plan that suits your lifestyle best. See, you will successfully lose weight simply by following the calorie deficit tips in the first section of this article. But when you add a solid workout routine to your eating plan, you’re ensuring that the weight you’re losing is pure fat, and not muscle or bone density.



The plan I follow completely changed my life. It goes against popular belief, and it altered my entire perspective on the topic of health & nutrition.  It inspired me to start writing articles to help others who want to lose weight and get into shape.

It’s amazing to me just how many fitness gurus are out there selling countless products to help you hit your weight loss goals. We get pulled in so many directions, and I understand you’re just reading another article from another guy writing about the same topic you’ve seen before.

But after years of trying so many different exercise routines, some of them incredibly brutal, I realized something wasn’t right. The fat wasn’t coming off. I’ve gone to Kickboxing classes, Orange Theory, and done at least 10 different home workouts that involved intense cardio. But I couldn’t get the defined look I wanted.

Then I discovered a workout plan that was so mind-blowingly simple. It almost makes me regret years of following other plans, but at the same time, it’s all been a learning experience and I’m grateful for the journey.

The plan I follow is a home bodyweight workout routine 3 days a week, with minimal equipment required. The nutrition protocol is one of the most important aspects of the program, so it sets you up for serious fat loss, while also building your physique with lean muscle.


Lose Weight & Enjoy Life

Oftentimes, the best weight loss plans for beginners are skewed because there are far too many companies out there that want to make a buck from their supplements & diets. The health & fitness industry has led me to believe for years that eating low carb was the way to go. But I never hit my fat loss goals, even as I went through new eating plans, and exercise routines.

It wasn’t until I discovered this program that everything changed for me, and I became inspired to write articles to help others on their own fat loss journeys. Fat loss is simple & enjoyable. When you do it effectively, you should be able to live your life exactly as you want to, while also losing weight & hitting your fitness goals.

My goal is to help you see that weight loss can be very simple. I’ve provided all the tools in this article that you need to get you started on your fat loss journey or to make tweaks to any aspects of it that may need an upgrade.

I hope the tips laid out here were helpful. If you have any questions at all, please let me know and I’d be more than happy to help. I really appreciate you being here and reading. Thank you!

24 thoughts on “Best Weight Loss Plans For Beginners”

  1. For the longest time I have had an issue with how to count calories. Thanks for making this more than clear. I will be incorporating the practice into my daily life.

    1. Hi Shantel – thank you for sharing your experience with this – and so glad to hear that the article helped you understand calorie counting more easily. If you have any more questions about it, just let me know and I’m happy to help.

  2. I won’t want to look like a sick child because I am dieting. I see useful points here that look really tempting to engage in. A calorie deficit is what really got me thinking

    1. I don’t want you to look like a sick child either! The thing with most diets is that they often DO have you eat at a calorie deficit, but they’re so unrealistic, that you’re starving, and you can’t keep going after a certain point. So, the calorie deficit I recommend is only 400 calories, because it’s almost like a sweet spot…you get to lose weight while also enjoying the foods you love at the same time. Thanks for your feedback!

  3. Gone are the days when people chose to be fat. Now virtually everyone wants to get as slim as possible if they can. Every beginner on a weight loss mission will definitely love this post.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about this post! I guess social media and access to technology 24/7 has possibly made it feel urgent for so many people to want to get as slim as they can as fast as they can. I do my best to teach the truth, and what actually works, without having to rely on supplements and fad diets to actually get into shape.

  4. Choosing the right weight loss plan can be quite the challenge especially if you are a beginner…thanks to all the misinformation available on the web today. Your guide is however very good and I would recommend it for any beginner.

    1. Hi Anderson – thanks for sharing your take on this – I totally agree with you – there’s so much misinformation on the web, people don’t really know where to go for genuine and honest weight loss tips…there are countless companies trying to sell their supplements or weight loss products, and it can make your head spin. I’m so glad you felt my article was helpful, in a sea of fitness and weight loss web sites out there, I do my best to share honest knowledge from my own experience.

  5. I can’t thank you enough for recommending the Mediterranean diet. I have read good reviews and testimonies about it and how effective it is. Your article is also very well researched and I appreciate that.

    1. Hi there and I’m so glad the article resonated with you. Thanks so much for sharing that with me. Well, the Mediterranean Diet is probably the only one I actually recommend because it’s more of a lifestyle than it is a diet, and it simply consists of wholesome healthy foods. Losing weight is really a separate topic altogether, but you can learn how to incorporate both together so that you eat at a calorie deficit while also following the Mediterranean Lifestyle. It’s all explained at this article here. Thanks!

    1. Hi Danielle – thanks for your perspective on the topic – 400 calorie deficit is definitely achievable in the long run. That is the reason it worked so well for me, and many other people I know. It’s just the right amount of a deficit to lose a substantial amount of weight monthly, while at the same time allowing yourself to continue enjoying foods you love. It’s almost like a sweet spot number.

  6. Over the years, weight loss has been what I have been wanting to do for myself. Oftentimes, the best weight loss plans for beginners are skewed because there are far too many companies out there that want to make a buck from their supplements & diets. Thanks for this information-packed post.

    1. Thanks for your comment and I hope that the info here helped you. Yes, weight loss plans are often skewed cause the industry is jam-packed with so much weight loss information that it makes my head spin. It really can be very simple, and I do my best on my website to share reasonable tips that people can follow immediately to get started on their fitness journeys.

  7. The importance of a solid exercise routine when making a weight loss plan cannot be overstated. You may do all the dieting well but if you don’t exercise then you’ll be right back where you started.

    1. Hi Teddy – thanks for your comment! So, I actually usually stress the other way around…which is you can do all the exercise you want, and not eat properly, and you’ll end up back at the start…eating right is the most important part of losing weight, and I exercise will absolutely help shape your physique. Weight loss always begins though with proper eating.

  8. I am happy to finally learn how to calculate my calorie deficit thanks to your write up. I will put this info to good use and hopefully lose some weight.

    1. Hi Diana – thank you for your comment and I’m really glad to hear that! It works, and I’ve helped many friends lose weight with the simple formula. Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear about your progress!

  9. Thanks for sharing this. Most of my Friends has fallen victim of loss 5kg in a week. Will share this with them to get their desired results. A very good and informative post.

    1. So glad you found it to be helpful, and to be honest with you, I have learned the hard way recently that some people really are victim to wanting to lose so much weight in a week, and I’ve come to realize I can’t change their perspective or mindset. They have to come to this realization on their own, that weight loss requires actual effort and time, but it’s absolutely worth it.

  10. I tried dieting once and it ended in a complete disaster. Nowadays I just stick to a healthy exercise routine and I must say it has been working wonders for me.

    1. Hey Louis – thanks for sharing your experience here – yeah, most fad diets are just not sustainable. I’d love to know what exercise routine you’re doing though! Please share when you have a chance 🙂

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