You’ve probably tried to lose weight many times with little to no success. Maybe you lost some weight, but it either always came back or your program wasn’t sustainable, so you quit.
If you’re looking for a way to lose weight, especially if you need to lose 50 or more pounds, you’ve come to the right place.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my 11 years as a Holistic Nutritionist working with thousands of clients, it’s that there is A LOT of emotional and mental pain associated with weight gain, especially when you’re weight has gotten this bad.
It might even make you angry or sad thinking about it now, but I want to assure you of one thing before I get into the process:
You can either let your past decisions define and/or confine you, or you can choose to move on.
Yes, your past decisions (or lack of action) have affected, maybe negatively, maybe REALLY negatively, your current situation.
However, your past can’t be undone, BUT your past results (where you are now) CAN (where you want to be).
You can choose to move on, leave it behind you and start focusing on your present!
It’s going to take time, but it’s far from impossible. In fact, I know you can do it.
As with pretty much every thing that’s worth it, the transformation won’t happen overnight. It may take a year or more to lose the weight.
The good news? If you follow this article, you’ll lose weight fast and if you stay consistent, you’ll keep losing weight, and then a year will come and go and you would have lost a significant amount of weight.
And you’ll keep it off!
6 Mindset and Motivation Hacks To Help You Lose 50 Pounds or More
1.) Losing A Significant Amount Of Weight Is A Full-Time Commitment
You can’t be all about your weight loss goals Monday to Friday and take the weekends off. You also have to realize that losing large amounts of weight takes time and patience. Real life is not the Biggest Loser: Healthy weight loss ranges from 0.5lbs-3lbs per week. More than that is not sustainable and often results in relapse later on (just look up the stats on how many Biggest Loser contestants gain the weight back within a year of the show!). Dedication and consistency are the name of the game!
2.) Focus on Progress Not Perfection
As you probably know by now, major weight loss takes time, so there will never be a chunk of time long enough where you won’t have to make some hard sacrifices. Holidays, birthdays, vacations, dinners or nights out with friends – all of these things will come up while you are making your lifestyle changes. You will have to make sacrifices, and it will be hard. Remember your goals, communicate those goals with your friends and family. You can do it!
3.) Be OK With Making Mistakes
I just want to remind you that “mistakes are proof you are trying.” Most of the questions I receive throughout the week have a common themes:
• eating something you shouldn’t have
• missing workouts
• not eating enough
• eating too many “bad” carbs
In other words, the majority of questions or problems you have when it comes to transforming your body are about the mistakes you made. Mistakes are part of the imperfect journey of weight loss, fitness, and flexible eating.
Don’t dwell on your past mistakes. Don’t regret your choice to skip a workout. Accept them and CHOOSE to make a different (better?) choice next time.
It’s pretty simple when you realize YOU get to choose your action and you get to choose how to respond to that choice/action/decision. It’s not an easy job taking responsibility for your mistakes, choosing to learn from them, and then focusing on how you’re going to make a better choice next time.
It’s not easy, BUT it’s worth it, in the end, right?
4.) Eat Right, Exercise, And Transform Because You LOVE Your Body, Not Because You Hate It
If you are exercising and dieting because you hate your body, that’s a negative place to start and will result in a negative outcome. You should be building a healthier lifestyle because you love your body and want to do what’s best for it. Be sure to set goals that aren’t tied to the scale or a clothing size: Real, tangible goals like running a 5k or finally taking those dance lessons you’ve always wanted to are much more motivating and fulfilling than a number on a scale or a waist circumference.
The most important thing when trying to lose large amounts of weight is to start small and make one change at a time. Trying to make several changes all at once is overwhelming and you will most likely fall off the bandwagon early on. Adding a new healthy habit every week or two that you know you will succeed at is motivating and will make future changes easier and more natural
5.) Forget About Calories, Points, and Scales
You must remember that not all calories are created equal. Five-hundred McD’s calories does not equal five-hundred whole food calories. Your body NEEDS–most of your bodies are CRAVING–real food nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants.
If you don’t supply your body with real food nutrients, it will keep asking for more, and hold on for (literally) dear life to whatever food you consume.
You think if you are eating 1,250 calories of crappy food your body is going to “help” you lose weight? No way, it ain’t gonna happen.
The reality is you need to be eating closer to 2,000 calories of AWESOME food every day, sometimes even MORE on days that require more metabolic function (excess stress, workout days, etc..)
More and more women are going on calorie RESTRICTIVE diets, and guess what is happening to more and more women just like YOU? Ya’ll are GAINING more weight!
You might lose some initially, but then it comes back with a vengeance. I have the solution for you, your weight loss and food troubles, that doesn’t involve calorie counting, obsessing about points, or checking the scale every morning (although you’ll want to because the weight will be flying off).
6.) Follow A Proven Health-Focused System
Alright, I must confess before I give you my formula for losing weight. I’m biased on my program, because they are focused on 3 things: HEALTH, metabolism, and hormones.
To me, if a program focuses on anything other than those 3 main things, you’re doomed.
The most frustrating part of working with over 10,000 people is, I’ve found most people are trying to lose weight to get healthy, when they should be focusing on getting healthy to lose weight.
That’s how I’m going to help you start a ketogenic, metabolism-focused lifestyle.
Step 1. Skip The Exercise More Mentality
I hope I’m not starting off on the wrong foot, because you think I’m going to try to sell you a magic “no exercise” pill.
Eventually you’ll need to start an exercise program. Exercise, while it plays a significant role in FAT LOSS, plays a minor role in WEIGHT LOSS.
If you have over 50 pounds to lose, we need to get weight off first.
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.
Believe it or not, adding in exercise did not play ANY major role over calories burned or weight lost. And for those that saw changes, they were minor at best.
When you start exercising, the first thing you’ll begin doing is walking with a mix of metabolic bodyweight exercises.
Metabolic exercise makes sure you’re boosting the right fat-burning hormones and keeping your stress/fat-storing hormones low and out of the way!
Step 2. Focus On Food Quality Not Quantity
I always say, instead of suppressing your appetite, SATISFY your appetite. Too many people trying to lose weight are focusing on points, calories, and the scale.
This obviously isn’t working, because if it was, I wouldn’t have to write this article.
100% of the clients who needed to lose over 50 pounds and who weighed 200 pounds or more had hormonal problems that prevented them from losing weight or burning fat.
High cortisol, excess estrogen, low growth hormone, low thyroid, low testosterone, insulin resistance, and many others are likely making weight loss impossible.
The solution? Focus on NOURISHING your body with high quality foods, macronutrients, and hormone-healing meals.
Counting calories is not only awful, it usually doesn’t work. And if it does, the weight always comes back. Most of the time, even more stubborn than ever before.
Step 3. Go BIG With Your Weight Loss Efforts
The bad news? Most people think it’s not healthy to lose weight quickly
The truth? It’s not the fact that you lose weight fast that is unhealthy, it’s HOW you go about it.
The great news? A ketogenic diet can help you lose weight quickly and in a healthy way.
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.
If you know anything about my philosophy on health and weight loss, you’ll know I HATE the short-term diets, so for me to say this is saying a lot about the importance of losing weight FAST.
Dropping weight fast will motivate you to keep going. Keep making better eating choices. Keep choosing the workout over the couch.
You NEED a win right away if you have a lot of weight to lose and I want to help you have a FAST weight loss win.
Step 4. Balance Your Macronutrients
Now that you have decided to plan your meals (good idea!), it’s about time you learn how to balance your meals for a fat-burning metabolism. Most people they just to through some protein and vegetables together and that’s all you need to lose weight.
While you probably lose weight on a protein/veggie diet, you’ll end up slowing down your metabolism AND you won’t last very long eating a boring, un-enjoyable diet.
You NEED carbs and fat to lose fat and boost your metabolism.
The trick lies in knowing which carbs and fats to include in your daily eating and which ones to exclude (most of the time) from your eating.
The best strategy for meal-balancing or macro-balancing I teach in my 3-Week Ketogenic Diet, begins with simplicity. When you keep your meals simple, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Most of the time I suggest a balanced approach to your macronutrients: carbs, proteins, and fats. However, if you’re starting from scratch I have my clients start with a Ketogenic Diet, with a focus on more fat, medium protein, and low-carb.
This form of macro-balancing stabilizes insulin and leptin, the two most important hormones for fat loss. The other thing the ketogenic diet does is switches your body from burning sugar to fat.
Step 5. Limit Your Carbs, Be Picky With Your Protein, and Eat More Fat
It’s very likely you are dealing with insulin resistance when you’re overweight. I’m almost 99% sure you have insulin resistance and I know with 100% certainty, the only way to overcome this is to do a carb detox, THEN a carb-cycle approach.
Another fact with anyone overweight is they probably aren’t eating nearly enough high-quality protein. You are probably protein deficient without even knowing it.
You might even be confused as to which fats to avoid and which ones to eat. You might think nuts, flax oil, and olive oil are the best oils.
Well you’re in for a wake up call, because if you don’t manage your carbs, increase your protein, and change up your fats, weight loss is going to be difficult for you.
Don’t worry, I’m going to make things extremely easy for you, making your weight loss seem almost effortless.
The ketosis diet involves cutting down on carbohydrates, such as rice, pasta, white bread, etc., as a low-carb diet can aid a faster weight loss process.
The ketosis diet promotes healthy fats like coconut oil, as coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, which is extremely beneficial for health.
The ketosis diet also includes protein-rich foods which can aid healthy lean muscle building (metabolically active tissue), to keep you looking fit and toned.
Getting into ketosis, isn’t as simple as lowering your carbs and increasing fat. You need a proven science-backed method for getting into ketosis.
Step 6. Heal Your Digestive System, Detox Your Liver, and Boost Your Thyroid
Optimal digestion and assimilation of food and nutrients is vital for healthy weight loss. The hormones of the digestive tract are responsible for appetite control, food digestion, nutrient absorption, and toxin removal.
Your digestive system is strongly related to your nervous system, which influence your endocrine system (hormones). If you treat your stomach like a garbage disposal for low-quality foods, your hormones will repay you with weight gain.
Overconsumption of inflammatory foods can lead to leaky guy syndrome, IBS, chronic diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, and more food intolerances. An inflamed “gut” makes it nearly impossible to have a flat stomach or engage the muscles consisting of your “core.”
Optimal health and weight loss are not possible without a healthy liver. The liver is the major detoxification organ and also filters most hormones. It is responsible for 75% of T3 conversion (thyroid hormone) and provides energy in the form of glycogen. It also filters excess estrogen.
When the liver is overburdened by excess stress hormones, alcohol, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, HFCS/sugar, and an overall poor quality diet, the 2 phases of detoxification are inhibited.
The thyroid gland produces three hormones: Thyroxine (T4), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Calcitonin. T4 and T3 are what most people think of as “thyroid hormones.” These hormones play a significant role in your metabolism and in energy regulation in the body. Thyroid hormones act on almost every kind of cell in your body to increase cellular activity or metabolism. If there is too much or too little thyroid hormone, the metabolism of your entire body is impacted.
Because the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 control cellular metabolism throughout the body, when there is not enough of them for any reason, this metabolic function slows and becomes impaired.
Since the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, there is a strong correlation between thyroid disease and weight. Weight gain is more severe in people with hypothyroidism due to an excess accumulation of salt and water; weight loss is common in people who have hyperthyroidism.
Step 7. Drink These 3 Drinks Every Day
Lemon Water – Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is another great way to stimulate weight loss. It’s also a great healthy habits to add to your “get healthy” journey of transformation.
This drink provides crucial nutrients for the body and is EASY to do. Just make sure to use a real lemon and not lemon juice from concentrate.
Simply squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into a cup of warm water in the morning.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best liquids to heal your gut and protect your cells.
Drink this apple cider vinegar either in the morning or before beg for a healthy digestive and immune system.
- 8 oz. purified water
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. raw honey (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Metabolic Coffee/Green Tea/Yerba Mate – Coffee, green tea, and yerba mate have all been shown in multiple studies to be effective at stimulating your metabolism and certain fat-burning hormones.
Green Tea Infusion
- Prepare a cup of green tea.
- Add 1 Tbsp. stevia or raw honey
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper
- Add a tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
The Yerba Mate and Honey Elixir
Yerba Mate has the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.
- 1 cup yerba mate (brewed)
- 1 tsp. stevia or raw honey
The Perfect Cup of Coffee
- 8 oz. of freshly brewed organic coffee
- 1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter or refined coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. MCT oil (I like this one)
- pinch of cinnamon
Add all ingredients to a blender and enjoy!
Step 8. Start Your Weight Loss Journey The Right Way
My clients lose an average of 10-21 pounds in 21 days and absolutely love the program! But even better than the weight loss is the feedback we get from our clients about how the program has taught them how to change their eating habits and find a diet that truly works for them in the long-term.
I have over 2,000 clients in our private support group going through the Ketogenic Diet together, and every day they are sharing experiences, results, motivation, and lots of recipes!
If you need to lose 50 pounds or more and ready to make a HUGE and PERMANENT change in your life, this is the ONLY place you should start. The program was designed in a way that it can be completed in multiple rounds if you have more weight to lose.
The strategies that I teach will help you make the necessary changes in your diet, fitness, and lifestyle and more importantly, help you maintain an enjoyable, sustainable, and flexible way of eating.
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What Do People Who’ve Lost 50 Pounds Or More Know That You Don’t?
Does it feel like no matter what you do, weight loss is ALWAYS a struggle? Yet for others it comes easy. What do THEY know that you don’t?
What are THEY doing that you aren’t?
I’m sorry to say, it’s not the latest exercise craze, dietary supplements, magic pill, or extract that’s helping others lose weight.
It’s a sustainable program that is focused on your unique metabolism, hormones, and lifestyle. A program with YOU in mind.
When I launched the 3-Week Ketogenic Diet 1 year ago, I never thought over 3,000 people would have downloaded and used this plan. Much less have over 100 people lose over 20 pounds in 21 days.
The results keep coming in and I’m STILL shocked to see some of the transformations, but the messages NEVER get old.