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My last 9-to-5 job came with the unusual perk of free lunch every day. We’d usually go out for Chinese food, or get a burger or a kebab or something. Despite not being paid for, it did come with a pretty high price. I put on a lot of weight.

With 2014 having just arrived, I’ve made a resolution to lose a bit of weight. Reddit is a great resource for this, with its useful subreddits 5 Best Subreddits To Learn Cool Stuff 5 Best Subreddits To Learn Cool Stuff Reddit is more than just a time sink where you can look at pretty girls, read about nerdy stuff, and procrastinate as you build a memory of random trivia. Reddit can be used to learn... Read More and even some for those eager to reach a healthier weight. Here are some of the best that I’ve discovered.

/r/loseit

On Reddit, loseit is the ultimate weight loss Don't Miss Your Diet And Exercise Goals Again With My Personal Trainer [iOS, Free For A Limited Time] Don't Miss Your Diet And Exercise Goals Again With My Personal Trainer [iOS, Free For A Limited Time] Well don't worry, there is an app that makes it easier for you to stay motivated and reminded. The app, called My Personal Trainer, will remind you to stick with your food and exercise goals... Read More community. With almost 190,000 subscribers all aiming to shed some pounds, it is a hugely active and vibrant place to be with an emphasis on being welcoming. In their own words:
If you need to lose 2 pounds or 200, this is the reddit for you. This is a reddit for support and advice — please respect each others feelings.

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As a community, it exists for people to share advice and keep each other motivated in their struggle to be healthier. Indeed, some of the top posts on the site are those who have lost huge amounts of weight, with others commending them on their progress.

/r/keto

The science behind ketogenic diets is quite fascinating. Originally used to control severe cases of epilepsy in children, they’ve been found to actually result in significant weight loss. Here’s how it works.

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When you eat food rich in carbohydrates, the body produces large amounts of insulin to make use of the glucose found in the food you eat. The excess is then stored as body fat. With a ketogenic diet, you eat a diet rich in protein and fat, but with very little carbohydrates. This means that instead of burning glucose for fuel, your body burns fat. This results in impressive weight loss.

/r/keto is one of the most popular dieting subreddits with over 90,000 subscribers. People tend to share photos of their weight loss progress, diet information, recipes and good old food-porn photos.

/r/fitness

It’s often said that losing weight Track Your Diet And Get Leaner With These Web Apps Track Your Diet And Get Leaner With These Web Apps The envy worthy fitness levels of athletes comes from years of rigorous fitness regimens and healthy diets. If you aren’t a sportsperson, you won’t be able to duplicate it to that extent, but you can... Read More is 80% diet with the other 20% being exercise.

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/r/fitness is the hub for exercise junkies on Reddit. What’s really awesome about the fitness subreddit is that it’s not intimidating; regardless of their level of physical conditioning, all are welcomed. Posturing, rudeness and hostility is very strongly frowned upon.

People tend to share weight loss stories, motivational photos and videos, photos of their progress, as well as advice on how to make the most of a weight loss session. And with half a million subscribers, it is a very active community.

/r/progresspics

Feel like you’re losing momentum? Need to get motivated? Progresspics is the perfect subreddit for you.

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Here, 70,000 readers share photos of themselves as they work towards their ideal weight. Whilst you might be reticent to submit photos of yourself to Reddit, it’s worth stressing that positivity abounds here. Much like the previously mentioned subreddits, it’s highly frowned upon to be anything other than supportive and polite.

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Reddit is an incredible weapon in the arsenal of anyone trying to lose some weight. These four subreddits should be enough to get you started. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.
Image Credits: Four Kinds Of Steak (Stevesworldofphotos)Exercise calisthenics (Ed Yourdon), Salad (joebeone)

  1. Joshua Lanham
    January 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I lost 70 pounds over a year. Used myfitnesspal.com to help me track my intake and took ACE up t two times, 5-6 times a week and helped cub the cravings and hunger pains.

    • Matthew H
      January 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Interesting! Thanks for your comment Joshua.

  2. likefunbutnot
    January 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    As someone who actually HAS lost a great deal of weight, I suggest starting with something very simple: Keep an accurate food diary for a few days. Once you realize how often you're shoving 300+ calories in your mouth as a "snack", it's a lot easier to moderate your input.

    Weight loss isn't something you can do by talking or writing about it. You need to eat less food in some way that you can actually live with, and you need to move around somehow that you can actually live with. I'm not trying to be self-righteous about it, but it's my impression that discussions on reddit about ANY topic are singularly unhelpful if not actively damaging.

    • Matthew H
      January 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Hmm, I'm not sure. I think some of the arguments behind Keto diets are pretty strong. Those look less at calorie control, but rather how your body metabolizes food.

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