Wouldn’t it be nice if you could lose those extra pounds and fit back into your cute skinny clothes instead of having them take up closet space? Losing weight when you weigh 200 pounds or more can feel really intimidating if you don’t know the easy ways you can shed those extra pounds.
To lose weight when you’re over 200 pounds, you must change your beliefs about weight loss and yourself. By holding onto negative beliefs you sabotage your weight loss efforts. Once you’ve changed your beliefs you will be able to choose the best diet for you and introduce low impact exercise to lose weight without gaining it back again.
I was struggling with my health and weight for years until I found out how to lose those extra pounds and regain my health without feeling deprived. Here are some easy tips to follow on how to lose weight if you weight 200 pounds or more so you can regain your confidence, feel beautiful and sexy, and look forward to getting dressed every morning.
How To Lose Weight If You Weigh 200 Pounds Or More
1. Change Your Mindset
It’s not your fault that you’ve reached 200 pounds. You were programmed from a young age by your family and experiences to believe that weight loss is difficult, that you can’t eat certain things without gaining weight and so many other negative things.
You replay these ideas in your head all day every day even though they aren’t even your own ideas.
You have to get to the root of why you have these beliefs and turn them into positive beliefs in order to be able to lose weight. If you’re 200 pounds or more and can’t lose weight, you definitely have some of these ideas lurking around in your mind.
You’ll learn how to choose a diet that makes you feel happy instead of suffering through starvation diets, why you keep gaining the weight back and how to stop it, and how to stop criticizing yourself. Plus so much more.
2. Heal Your Gut
Weight loss can be nearly impossible if your gut is out of balance. You have cravings, you’re hungry all the time, and you don’t lose weight despite following a diet. If any of these sound familiar, you’re probably struggling with a gut imbalance.
Healing your gut is the most important part of trying to lose weight. Eating fermented foods like kombucha and sauerkraut will get you on your way to a healthy gut and weight loss.
You can also try adding probiotics, but go slowly if you do. Sometimes probiotics can make things worse.
3. Do Low Impact Exercise
Walking is a great way to burn some extra calories, but anything else may just make you tired and hungry in the beginning when you’re over 200 pounds and you have a lot of weight to lose.
Keep your exercise to low impact things until you start feeling more energetic and get adjusted to your diet. Trying to do too much at once can cause you to burn out and give up.
I used to get all excited when starting a new diet and start right away with strenuous workouts. I would be tired and hungry and in the end, I was just setting myself up for failure.
I learned that walking outdoors in the morning helps me clear my mind, focus on the day ahead and improves my mood and attitude so much. When you’re just getting started, your diet (if it’s effective) will produce the majority of the results rather than over exercising.
4. Remove Processed Food, Meat and Dairy From Your Diet For Faster Weight Loss
A plant based whole food diet has so many benefits for your health. Changing to this type of diet has weight falling off of my body faster than I could have imagined.
I’ve struggled for a very long time with my weight and health. If the keto diet makes you feel terrible, give this a try. I’m in heaven eating this way! I love food and this is a way I can enjoy eating without feeling guilty. And I’ve fallen in love with food again in a healthy way and healed my relationship with food.
I lost 6 pounds in my first two weeks and 25 pounds in the first two months and I’m still going.
5. Break Your Diet Up Into Smaller Time Frames
When you’re over 200 pounds, it feels like you’ll be dieting forever before you reach your goals. That makes it really hard to stick to in the long term. Break your diet into 21 or 30 day challenges.
Stick to it 100% for whatever amount of time you decide on. Once you’ve finished your 21 or 30 days, treat yourself to one of your favorite foods or meals for a day and then get right back on for another 21 or 30 days.
This will allow you to still enjoy some foods you love on occasion, but not get carried away. Anyone can stick to something for 21 days, right? I give myself one day per month to eat what I want for one meal and a dessert. This way I never feel deprived or like I’m missing out on the foods I love that aren’t so fabulous for my health.
6. Drink Plenty Of Water
Be sure you are getting at least 8-12 cups of water each day to keep you full and flush out the fat and toxins. Fat holds onto toxins. When you burn fat it releases toxins that need to be flushed from your body.
Also make sure your electrolytes are replenished. If you feel like your water is just coming right back out of you, it may not be getting into your cells.
You can add an electrolyte powder to your water to help stay hydrated.
7. Meal Planning Is Crucial For Sticking To Your Diet To Get Under 200 Pounds
Have healthy snacks and meals prepared as much as possible. When you come home from work and you’re ravenous because you’ve been so busy you didn’t get to eat for hours, you’ll reach for all the wrong things.
Be sure to have snacks prepared that you can grab easily from the fridge or have as much prepared as you can to make cooking dinner easier. You can take a couple of hours on the weekend to get this set up and your busy week will be so much easier!
If you hate meal planning for yourself, you can get done for you meal plans delivered to your email every week. I’ve tried two meal planning services and I love, love, love both of them!
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8. Most Importantly Be Kind To Yourself
It is really hard to be positive and feel amazing when you don’t like what you see in the mirror.
Practice thinking or saying nice things to yourself when you look into the mirror. I have many blog posts on this site to help you change your negative thinking to positive.
This post is a great place to start to learn about how negative thoughts affect your weight and how you can change them.
If you start to think something negative, turn it around into a positive. Don’t grab your fat roll every chance you get and think that it will never go away.
Listen to this recording every day to completely change your thoughts about weight loss and yourself.
Be proud of yourself for working hard to change what you are unhappy with and don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else.
I practice positive thinking and gratitude every morning. I write down 10 things that I am thankful for about myself and also in my life. It’s amazing how you can change your life with positivity. Once you start to practice it, you’ll realize how many negative thoughts creep into your mind every day. It’s shocking once you start noticing!
The crazy thing about these thoughts is that most of them were programmed into our minds throughout our lives and aren’t even our own original thoughts. These are actually things that someone else believed and exposed us to, causing us to start believing them too!
If you are over 200 pounds and want to lose weight but can’t, try these tips. I know you’ll see a complete change in yourself and your health! I hope this has helped you realize that this doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. You can lose weight quickly and easily if you follow these tips.
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