how to lose weight and eat what you want online course

Hi, I'm Shelli Johnson, Author & Weight-Loss Coach

For decades, I was a yo-yo dieter with an eating disorder — weighing over 300 pounds at my heaviest. Then about twelve years ago I'd had enough.

Enough with diets and food rules that were making me feel crazed. Enough of losing weight only to gain it back. And enough of the shame that came along with what I perceived as a personal failure to keep the weight off.

Since then, I have shed over 160 pounds and maintained that weight loss for more than ten years. I no longer have a fear of food, gaining the weight back, or being seen.

I'm an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of obesity and weight management. I've been featured four times in PEOPLE Half-Their-Size issue, PEOPLE TV, FOX TV, National Public Radio, The Charlotte Observer, among others.

My work has been published in The Plain Dealer, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Idea Mensch, and more.

My books, Start Where You Are Weight Loss® and Start Where You Are Weight Loss® Playbook, were both a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

My weight-loss program is built on over a decade of looking at weight loss differently.

Let me show you how.


how to lose weight and eat what you want online course

As a weight-loss coach, I help people who struggle with food, body image, and/or weight issues.

I help you make peace both with food and with yourself so you can become the person you envision yourself to be. As a weight-loss coach, I empower you to create a life that you love and a body that feels like home to you.

I believe:

  • you are the expert of you.
  • your body is full of wisdom and it knows best how to heal itself.
  • you have all the answers inside yourself to save your own life.
  • you are powerful, strong, tenacious, intelligent, and fully capable of creating what you most want.



“I cannot thank Shelli enough for the change in my eating and my relationship with food! I am finally at peace with food after years of struggle! Shelli really had an amazing way of getting to the root of things. She pushed me to think into things more deeply. I really appreciate how she constantly reinforced my ability to believe in my own ability to figure things out! I loved our sessions!”

from New Jersey

“I’ve lost 40 pounds so far. Shelli literally changed my life by helping me fix my relationship with food. I really felt like Shelli cared about my life and my success. She held me accountable and we worked together as a team. Her assignments were spot-on for me, and they helped me get to where I am now. I’m no longer using food to fix anything.”

from South Carolina

“This coaching journey was amazing! I feel freer. I don’t constantly obsess about food anymore, what and when I’m going to eat. Shelli is understanding and lets you express your highest of highs to your lowest of all lows (I’m talking tears and runny nose), which made this experience all the more enjoyable. I am beyond grateful that I signed up!”

from Bermuda

“Shelli has walked the talk. She does not tell you what to eat, but takes you on a journey to change your relationship with your body. If you are really serious about solving this once and for all, sign up for her coaching sessions. It will transform your life and finally get you off the merry-go-round of trying to lose weight to the land of loving your body, your weight, and your life. I could not have gotten this far on my own.”

from South Carolina

“Shelli knew from experience what it felt like to not be comfortable in your own skin. I felt safe talking with her, knowing she wouldn’t judge or shame me. Shelli understood where I was in my body because she’d been there too. She was very helpful and very encouraging to me. She cheered me on and wouldn’t let me give up on myself. Now, I’m addressing the real issues instead of trying to hide them with food.”

from Ohio

“Shelli was very effective as a coach and a total inspiration. She gave me hope that I can completely transform my body. Shelli helped me dig beneath the surface and not just talk about food and what I was eating. She was great at helping me to identify stress triggers and helping me strategize non-food rewards. She helped me identify outside influences that were driving me to not only under-value myself but also stress eat as a coping mechanism.”

from Illinois

“Shelli really knows her stuff. I lost weight happily. Shelli helped me realize that deep down, I have all that I need to lead my life in the best direction possible. I have more self-trust. I also feel more attuned, more focused, and happier. Shelli helped bring out the best in me. I have so much gratitude!”

from New York

“I have been successful losing weight because I am NOT dieting. I never feel deprived now. I am in my 80's and have been dieting for 60+ years, in the long run to no avail. What Shelli teaches is a LIFETIME way of eating. I have learned to listen to my body. I finally feel free.”

from Ohio

As a weight-loss coach, I will teach you to:

  • trust yourself and listen to your own intuition. 
  • trust your body and listen to its wisdom.
  • let go of those people, places, and things that no longer serve you.
  • break cycles that you may be trapped in.
  • discover your gifts, talents, and passions so you can pursue them.
  • overcome fears that may be holding you back.
  • empower yourself to become the hero of your own story.


The particular weight-loss expertise and training I have to be a weight-loss coach came from living and experiencing morbid obesity and freedom from it firsthand.

At my largest, I weighed 304 pounds and wore a size 26. As of this writing, I weigh 130 pounds and wear a size 2. I’ve been within twenty pounds (because I fluctuate and that’s okay) of that weight for more than ten years now.

I lost the weight naturally. I’ve had no bariatric surgery. I didn’t starve to get there. I don’t take diet pills or diet supplements other than a few vitamins. I do exercise but not like a maniac. I eat whatever I want as long as I’m not allergic to it. I no longer have a raging eating disorder. I am no longer afraid of food.

I no longer live trapped in a body that doesn’t feel like me. I am finally (finally!) comfortable in my own skin. I don’t live in fear that the weight is going to come back and I won’t know what to do about it. I don’t live in confusion and desperation and frustration and panic and humiliation and shame.

Food is no longer the focus of my life. I got free.

Your life can be that way too. I will teach you how.



“Shelli isn't the only person I know who's lost over 100 pounds, but she's the only one who's kept it off. She says she can get you off the diet-go-round and she can, and she'll do it with compassion, straight talk, and no shame.”

Start Where You Are Weight Loss Manifesto

“Reading this is like having a best friend who has been there and knows exactly what to do to help you get out. No judgment. No shame. Just the encouragement and guidance you need.”

Start Where You Are Weight Loss

“The exercises made me look at my feelings, motivations, fears, and some memories that were causing me to overeat. Writing my answers and reading them made me realize the reasons that I was using food to try to fix some things in my life. It was so helpful because now I can address the real issues instead of trying to hide them with food.”

Start Where You Are Weight Loss Playbook

“This book was so helpful in breaking down the challenges that you face during weight loss. Not only does it go through how to recognize these obstacles but it also gives you ways to overcome them.”

Start Where You Are Weight Loss Freedom Commandments


I'm a slow-cooker fan (find recipes here).

I love riding horses.

I train in Krav Maga self-defense.

I have a passion for photography.

I'm a fan of pugs.

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A bucket list full of things I want to do while I'm still around.

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