You’ve probably heard that weight loss is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. And while there isn’t any hard-and-fast science to back up this theory, there’s no denying that diet plays the biggest role in weight loss. After all, losing weight is about burning more calories than you take in, and if you eat in a healthy calorie deficit, you will lose weight.
We asked registered dietitians, fitness trainers, and doctors to weigh in on the best healthy eating tips to help you lose body fat. While exercising will help you burn calories and strength training will help you build lean muscle to burn more calories at rest (not to mention the cardiovascular and emotional health benefits), you can make the most progress by focusing on your diet. Just follow these expert-approved tips.