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30 Wisest Words Ever Said About Weight Loss

If you are looking to lose weight or improve your health in 2015, the following insights from some of the smartest minds in wellness will help you succeed.

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This is the time of year when many people turn to diet books and weight-loss programs for the New Year ahead. One thing often missed with quick-fix solutions is the understanding that weight loss is not an end in itself; on the contrary, good health is achieved as a result of devoted and consistent practice. To encourage a balanced perspective as you work to create life changes, we’ve collected some of the most perceptive words of wisdom regarding weight loss, nutrition, and overall well-being. The weight loss quotes that follow include a mix of practical advice and universal themes that should help you move through 2015 with strong sense of intuition, clear purpose, and a truly sustainable approach to healthy living. Read on and reap inspiration from some of the brightest minds in nutrition, weight loss, medicine, and mindfulness.

“If we’re dealing with a serious compulsion, it’s not enough to change our conscious mind… a New Year’s resolution, a promise made to oneself to “really do it” this time, a fail-proof plan approved by experts. Until the subconscious mind is enrolled in our weight-loss efforts, we will find a way to reconstitute our excess weight regardless of what else we do…Remembering your divine perfection, therefore, is key to your healing of both mind and body.” —Marianne Williamson, A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons

“Our work is not to change what you do, but to witness what you do with enough awareness, enough curiosity, enough tenderness that the lies and old decisions upon which the compulsion is based become apparent and fall away. When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart. When the shape of your body no longer matches the shape of your beliefs, the weight disappears.”
Geneen Roth, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” —Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food

“Eat your vegetables. Brush your teeth. Sweat once in a while. Get plenty of rest. Don’t smoke. Laugh more. There are certain tenets to health that are pretty commonsensical and that we all know we should practice routinely.” —David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg, Grain Brain

“Almost everyone I’ve ever met who overeats is doing so on behalf of an old self (a discouraged child, an unpopular teenager, a self conscious young adult) who no longer exists.” —Deepak Chopra, What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul

“There is a “yoga body” aesthetic, which is long and sinewy. I am curvy. I get praised on a regular basis, with people telling me, “Wow, you’re so brave,” simply for showing my curvy body. Being brave is going to war; being curvy is not brave. We need to be careful with how we use our words.”—Kathryn Budig, Yoga Journal

Related: Read the entire Q&A with Kathryn Budig here.

“Understanding that diet can cause small shifts in calorie metabolism that lead to big shifts in body weight is an important and useful concept. It means that there is an orderly process of controlling body weight over time that does work, as opposed to the disorderly process of crash diets that don’t work. It also accounts for the frequent observations that people who consume low-protein, low-fat diets composed of whole plant foods have far less difficulty with weight problems, even if they consume the same, or even slightly more, total calories.” —T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II, The China Study

“Specific food cravings can turn into poor eating habits in just a few days, leaving us stuck in a cycle of relentless urges, short-term satisfaction and long-term guilt, shame, anxiety, and weight gain. To effectively change our relationship with food (and maintain new, healthy habits forever) we need to understand what is behind out cravings, habits, and patterns. It all starts with biology and nature.”—Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, It Starts with Food

“Try replacing white flour products with a variety of properly prepared whole grains and limiting sweets to occasional desserts made from natural sweeteners. It may take time, and you will almost certainly have setbacks, but in the end your willpower and persistence will reward you with greatly improved health and stamina.”—Sally Fallon, Nourish Traditions

“The less junky food you eat, the more sensitive and subtle your taste buds become. Without the onslaught of heavily salted, artificially flavored , fatted-up foods, your mouth learns to appreciate—and crave—good fats, vegetables, and salads. So forgo chips and pretzels and keep a healthful sweet-and-savory snack handy instead.”—Frank Lipman, M.D., and Danielle Claro, The New Health Rules

“Anything you adopt temporarily only begets temporary results, and fluctuating your weight up and down is not lifespan favorable.”—Joel Fuhrman, The End of Dieting

“A clean kitchen is the heart and soul of your clean lifestyle. It is the space in your home where you keep the ingredients and tools you will need to make clean meals that nourish you and your entire family…having a wide variety of ingredients and condiments around will take the stress out of preparing recipes that satisfy whatever you’re craving at the moment.”—Alejandro Junger, Clean Eats

“Remember, just because you have to eat fewer calories, doesn’t mean you need to eat less food. Focus on the foods that you love and the ones that pack a lot of bang for their calorie, and it won’t even feel like you’re on a diet.”—Rachel Pires, Diet Enlightenment

“One of the great things about juicing is that you know exactly what you’re putting into your body—something most of us simply can’t claim on a daily basis.”—Candice Kumai, Clean Green Drinks

“The cook in the kitchen preparing a meal from plants and animals at the end of this shortest of food chains has a great many things to worry about, but “health” is simply not one of them, because it is given.”—Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food

“Keeping some calorie-dense food in your diet—whether it is meat, pasta, beer, or cake—allows you to reach satiety more quickly and easily. And this will keep you from feeling deprived.”—Mark Bittman, Food Matters

“Want great results: Eat real food and work hard. This should go without saying, but these are rarely the answers that anyone wants but they are the only solutions that have survived the test of time. Want to build muscle? Work hard. Eat more. Train consistently. And stay healthy. Have trouble losing weight? Eat a majority of your foods from proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fat sources. And yes, I said majority because there is always room for dessert.” —Adam Bornstein, BornFitness.com

“For both optimal health and weight loss, you must consume a diet with a high nutrient-per-calorie ratio…there are no shortcuts.”—Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live

“Like a snowflake, each of us is uniquely special. We’re given an abundance of solutions to care for our constantly changing bodies. The challenge is to know ourselves and seek the solution that is right for us at this moment in time. We can always turn within for guidance, and the appropriate course of action will reveal itself. Everything we need to be healthy and happy is available to us right now.”—Donna Gates, The Body Ecology Diet

“The less we move, the less we are capable of moving.”—Pete Egoscue

“Results will show up when you do.”—Jill Koenig

“If you’re highly sensitive and empathetic, that has a profound influence on your weight as well as your thought processes and your moods, which affect your eating habits and your relationships with others.”—Colette Baron-Reid, Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much

“The tension in your body translates to tension in your brain and this becomes the set up for building habits and performing activities that are based on that tension.”—Ashley Kidd, Weight Loss Motivation

“Drink water!!”—Laurel Mace, Losing Weight Kit

“Eating is the most fundamental basis for our life as it creates and maintains our physical body, without which we would have no life. The choice to eat a vegetarian/vegan diet will do more to revolutionize our bodies, minds, and spirit and bring about world peace than any other single act, because it powerfully effects change in the outside world through enacting that change rom deep within our own bodies.”—Sharon Gannon, Yoga and Vegetarianism

“You are not your body, you are not your mind. You are divine.”—Bhagavad Gita

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