Wanting to lose weight when you weigh over 200 pounds is something I get asked by people who are interested in the Flat Belly Plan, a lot.
And I understand why this question comes up so often.
Why? You might rightly ask.
Well, losing weight when you weight over 200 pounds needs a very different approach.
When I say different, I mean different to that of people who want to shift that last 10-15 pounds.
There is no way the same approach could be taken.
I’ve seen so many people take the WRONG approach to losing weight when they weigh over 200 pounds.
It’s tough to watch.
They strive and struggle for weeks and months.
And then give up from lack of motivation and willpower.
It’s frustrating to see.
It’s must be even more frustrating for the people who struggle with the wrong approach.
Perhaps you’ve experienced this for yourself?
You know you want to lose weight, but you’ve also attempted to do this before, only to have given up.
I get it.
And the chances are you were either:
- Given the wrong advice
- Worked with a bad trainer.
- Or both.
All I know is that you’re here, and you’ve had enough. It’s time to change, but this time with the right approach.
I must warn you.
What you’re about to read is the OPPOSITE of what conventional wisdom would have you believe.
So buckle up and enjoy the rest of this post.
Stop Counting Calories
I hope this first point will persuade to look for an alternative method of working out food amounts.
I hope you decide to never count calories or weigh food again.
You see, food labels are wildly inaccurate.
Yes, wildly inaccurate in as much as 25% either way.
So what you think you’re eating could contain at least 25% more calories(or less), than what you see on the label!
In fact, some studies have suggested that the food industry has completely failed when it comes to food labels because of how inaccurate they are.
Stop obsessing over calories.
Forget About Working Out
Yes, you did read that right.
Forget about working out to lose weight.
You see, when you’re over 200 pounds in weight, this places a HUGE amount of stress and strain on your:
- And every other joint in your body
Not to mention, the added strain on your internal organs like you heart and lungs.
The last thing you should be thinking about is exercise.
You can lose a massive (and significant) amount weight without exercise – especially in the first two weeks or so.
The amount of calories you will burn when you’re just getting started pales in comparison to adjusting the foods you eat each day.
Think About This
If you add (or remove) certain foods you have the potential to lose more weight than if you were to exercise.
Now, just to be clear, I am a full advocate for working out.
But, as I said in the beginning of this post, being 200 pounds or more requires a very different approach for weight loss.
After reading the point above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m suggesting to put your feet up and relax knowing that the weight is about to drop off.
Unfortunately, I’m not.
What I am suggesting is to relax about everything that’s going on around you.
And just for a while, focus on you, and your weight loss goal.
In other words, de-stress.
When you relax and de-stress, you are far more likely to start seeing the weight loss you deserve.
Turns out that the more stressed you are, the more of a hormone called cortisol that you release.
As you will know, if you already have a copy of Flat Belly Plan, you will know that cortisol makes it much harder to lose weight.
But, what you may be unaware of is that too much stress leads to overeating, even binge eating!.
Perhaps you’ve experienced this for yourself and blamed it on lack of willpower?
Well, I’ve got news for you.
It has nothing to do with willpower, and everything to do with your hormones.
No willpower in the world can control these.
Eliminate Inflammatory Foods
Yes, these do exist. And yes, they will be affecting your weight loss.
Now, I’m not suggesting that everyone is affected by every inflammatory food.
That would be too broad a statement to make.
What I am suggesting, however, is to remove these inflammatory foods for a period of time.
During this time two things will happen.
You will more than likely experience weight loss because they were in fact inflammatory foods.
Secondly, you will be fully aware of of any reaction or symptom that these foods cause when you add them back into your diet.
Some big offenders when it comes to inflammatory foods are dairy and gluten.
You see, inflammatory foods cause the body to defend itself against these types of foods if they do not agree with you.
Should this happen, losing weight is the last thing your body wants to do.
After all, it’s trying to protect you first and foremost.
- You have the TV on.
- You’re scrolling through your Social Media feed.
- You’re talking to someone.
- And you’re rushing to eat your lunch.
I know you’ve probably experienced this situation before, I know I have.
Here’s the problem:
There is sooooo much going on.
The last thing you’re aware of is how much you are eating, and what you are eating.
Switching off as many distractions as possible when you eat can be one of the most effective ways to lose weight, honestly.
You would be more mindful of the types of foods you are eating.
And perhaps you would make better food choices than if you had all those distractions going on.
For the time you spend eating food, do just that, eat your food.
Becoming aware of what you are actually eating could be a real game changer for you.
If you feel like this post has been helpful and it applies to you, then you already know what I’m about to say next…
Take action and lose that weight you deserve to lose.
The state of your own health is your biggest asset you will ever own.
Take control of it and own it.