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14 Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow for Weight Loss and Fitness Motivation

By Kate Schlag, MPH, RD
March 15, 2017

14 Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow for Weight Loss and Fitness Motivation

Images by (clockwise from top right): @SproutedKitchen, @ChocolateCoveredKatie, @FeelGoodFoodie, & @WholeheartedEats

 

When you’re looking for new meal ideas, healthy recipes, or motivation to jumpstart your exercise routine, head to Instagram! The social media app is rife with professionals and non-professionals alike who regularly post recipes and workouts as well as inspiring words of encouragement. Follow these dietitians, fitness enthusiasts, health nuts, and chefs to your feed for new inspiration with every scroll.

 

14 Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow for Weight Loss and Exercise Motivation

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Recipes and Meal Ideas

@nutritionstripped: McKel Hill, MS, RD, provides recipes centered around local, organic, and plant-based ingredients. Head to her blog for health advice as well as tips to eat more mindfully.

@sproutedkitchen: Artfully arranged, colorful food shots fill Sara Forte’s instagram. Her recipes are mostly vegetarian, with a focus on whole grains, healthy fats, and vegetables, but are full of flavor from the help of spices, bright herbs, and interesting ingredients like nutritional yeast.

@skinnytaste: Gina Homolka’s recipes are light and portion-controlled without sacrificing flavor or taste. She also provides balanced weekly dinner plans, many of which are family-friendly.

@wholeheartedeats: Follow Sophie MacKenzie for plant-centric meals “with a hippie spin”–hemp seeds, miso, and sprouted seeds top many of her creations. If cinnamon quinoa pancakes with blackberry chia jam or Marrakesh chickpea stew don’t grab you, you’ll still enjoy her vibrant photographs.

@thecrunchyradish: Miranda Hammer Shear, MS, RD, aims to inspire cooks of all levels to get into the kitchen. Her recipes are simple and balanced, and many come with tips to make healthy eating sustainable (such as balancing your breakfast with a healthy mix of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates).

@ohsheglows: Angela Liddon, writer of the blog and cookbook Oh She Glows, wants to inspire you to fit more vegetables into your diet without feeling deprived. As a mom of two, she also makes sure her recipes are kid-friendly!

@meowmeix: Amanda Meixner’s instagram is filled with shots of her weekly meal preps, complete with calorie and macronutrient counts.

@feelgoodfoodie: Yumna taught herself to cook over the phone with her mother–and now she posts shots of her healthy recipes for soups, salads, overnight oats, and crowd-pleasing appetizers.

14 Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow for Weight Loss and Fitness Motivation

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Motivation/Inspiration

@fitfluential: A health and wellness community run by thousands of fitness and nutrition bloggers, FitFluential posts motivational quotes, workout videos, and healthy recipes.

@shauna_harrison: Shauna Harrison, a San Francisco Bay Area-based fitness instructor, posts daily workout challenges (look for the hashtag #sweataday), ranging from yoga and cardio to weightlifting and bodyweight exercises.

@shutthekaleup: Health enthusiast and yoga sculpt instructor Jeannette Ogden posts food, lifestyle, and exercise shots. Her feed is all about balance–you’ll see macrobiotic bowls and smoothies along with the occasional donut.

14 Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow for Weight Loss and Fitness Motivation

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Healthier Treats

@chocolatecoveredkatie: Blogger Katie transforms high-calorie, sugar-heavy desserts into healthier options. Savory foods, like mac and cheese, also get makeovers.

@brewinghappiness: Head to Haley’s page for “health-ified” versions of your favorite comfort foods–think ramen, cookies, and pizza.

@healthyfitnessmeals: Rena compiles healthy recipes (usually heavy on vegetables!) from other food instagrams and blogs. How-to cooking videos, as well as instagram recommendations, also make the occasional appearance.

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