Looking for how to lose weight if you weigh 200 lbs or more? It’s probably a journey you have attempted multiple times with no success.
It could probably bring tears to your eyes just to reflect on it, but let’s start this article off on the right foot:
The Past Does Not Matter. Only the Present.
From previous clients, we have noticed an immense amount of emotional painassociated with this kind of weight gain. Here is the truth.
The only thing that matters is the present. Yes, there is a lot of blaming one could do to themselves and others, but what would that change?
Simply focus on the present.
- Where you are going in your life…
- What you have left to accomplish…
- The things you have left to see and the experiences you have left to live…
It’s the only thing you have any power over anyway! 🙂
It’s going to take time, but it’s far from impossible.
As with pretty much every good thing in this life, the transformation won’t happen overnight. It may take a year or more to lose the weight.
Do NOT exercise.
What??? Is that a typo???
Nope. Exercise actually plays a minor role in weight loss.
In fact, a recent study done by Current Biology took 322 adults from 5 different countries through a calorie reduction weight loss program. They split the groups between those that did exercise and those that did not.
Shockingly enough, adding in exercise did not play ANY major role in calories burned or weight lost. And for those that saw changes, they were minor at best.
So save your willpower for what really matters: WHAT YOU ARE EATING.
Focus 100% of your efforts into what you eat.
Exercising will unnecessarily stress the joints, cause cravings, and is too much of a risk at 200+ pounds. It’s also not worth the willpower at the beginning of long weight loss journey.
You can still do things like go on daily walks and spend time outdoors, but hopping into a strenuous workout routine will lower the chances of long-term success at this size.
Only once you have established healthy eating habits and gotten consistency over your diet should you then add in exercise.
Do NOT obsess over calories.
Another VITAL mistake most people make at 200+ pounds is focusing on calories.
Here’s why this is a mistake. It VERY likely that the body’s hormones are severely damaged with the excess fat.
High cortisol, excess estrogen, critically low testosterone, insulin resistance, and MANY others are likely affecting you.
So when you do count calories, the weight won’t drop fast enough. Sometimes it won’t budge at all.
Dieting at this stage is a much different process than for some fit 20-something who works out every day and counts calories! Focus on NOURISHING the body (more details below).
Do NOT do the “small changes” approach.
Most of the articles you read about this topic are horrendously mistaken. They suggest a lot of minor changes. Obviously, this leads to minor results.
According to the latest science, militant diets win out vs. standard diets.Those who lose the most weight in the first 2-4 weeks of dieting have the greatest weight loss results in the following year.
Therefore, losing weight fast will better impact you in both the short-term and the long-term. The most effective thing you can do is actually a cold turkey approach.
Losing weight FAST will motivate you to lose more.
It gives you momentum.
It puts the sails at your front and the wind at your back.
And you need some weight loss wins at your back to keep moving forward!
Heal your digestive tract.
The overload of foods has likely damaged the body’s gut bacteria and ability to properly absorb nutrients. So when you do eat healthily, the body isn’t even processing those foods properly.
The good news? Healing the digestive tract is easy.
Consume apple cider vinegar and make sure to take a good probiotics supplement daily. The body has healthy gut bacteria that will help to heal the flora and improve the way you consume food.
Learn to fall in love with high-quality protein.
One fact that is true for almost EVERYONE at 200+ pounds is that they are NEVER getting enough high-quality protein.
If they were, overeating would be nearly impossible. You would be too full from the protein and satisfied to eat more of the bad things.
I dare you to try it. Try to eat 200 grams of the protein listed below, and see what happens.