Achieve Maximum Weight Loss 5 Things You MUST Know

Have you been struggling to achieve maximum weight loss? Or even to simply lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle? If so, then keep reading to find out my top 5 tips for achieving maximum weight loss! Or, if you prefer a more visual or audio experience then you can watch and listen to my video that goes over all the details here.

My Story

I haven’t always struggled with a healthy weight. I remember being in my 20’s and being so grateful that I could eat anything I wanted whenever I wanted and I stayed thin. Not healthy, but thin.

Then I started having children. With my first pregnancy I was so excited to look pregnant that I completely overate and gained 65 pounds. I was young though and able to fairly quickly lose most of the weight, keeping an extra 5 or so pounds of excess. Then that happened again, and again, and again…up to baby number 7. So by that point I was carrying and extra 35 pounds around.

Not too bad for seven kids I suppose. But then this past summer depression hit me hard and I gained another 20 pounds and I reached a point of just being plain old sick and tired of being sick and tired!

So on July 26th I made the choice to only put healthy things into my body and mind. I stopped drinking alcohol, stopped smoking marijuana, and started the Starch Solution diet. (If you’re interested in learning more about why I stopped eating meat you can watch this video here. Or comment down below to request a written post!) As of writing this post I am down 27 pounds in just over 2 months, and guys…i’m in my 40’s!

Now Onto my 5 tips to achieve MAXIMUM weight loss

  1. Mindset is EVERYTHING. As Henry Ford said, “if you think you can, or you think you can’t. you’re right. I promise you, if you go into a healthier lifestyle with thoughts in the back of your mind that you will always be fat, you can’t do it, or your somehow don’t deserve it. Then you will not succeed! You MUST believe in yourself. Know deep down in your soul that you are capable of living a healthy lifestyle. Daily affirmations can be very helpful here, and guys….this must be a lifestyle change. We can’t go into healthier habits only temporarily till things get better and then go back to our old habits. We must remember what got us here in the first place. If you aren’t ready to go all in with a lifestyle change and think some temporary adjustments will bring forever change then you are simply wrong. You must be all in!
  2. Calories DO count. In order to not be hungry all the time we want to fill our belly’s with nutrient dense, not calorie dense foods. The only time you can lose weight eating a high calorie, high fat diet is with keto or Paleo. The problem I had when I attempted to lose weight with these types of diet is the fact that there is no room for error. As soon as you slip up and eat too many carbs and come out of ketosis, then your body burns its preferred fuel source, glucose. Which carbs are converted to glucose in the body. As soon as our body uses the glucose for fuel rather than using fats for fuel, then our body instead stores the fat. Another issue I have with keto and other similar fad diets these days is there lack of evidence based long term health benefits. Instead my research has led me to instead find that these diets increase cardiovascular disease and kidney disease among other things. Now, I am not a doctor, and this is not intended to be medical advice. I am just telling you what my research has led me to believe, and I urge you to do your own research. I think one of the largest pieces of my success achieving maximum weight loss has been cutting 98% of the oil I used to eat out of my diet. Oil is highly processed super calorie dense and void of any nutrients.
  3. ALWAYS eat until you are comfortably satisfied. Do NOT, I repeat. Do NOT allow yourself to be hungry all the time! If you make the switch to a whole food plant based diet. You will need to eat more bulk to get the appropriate amount of calories your body needs. If you are hungry between meals, then eat a healthy snack! Willpower only lasts so long, and when it runs out, and I say when because it is only a matter of time. Also, make sure your food tastes good! Who wants to fill their belly with bland food. There are so many great resources for tasty and healthy meals online. Of course, there is much more coming here too! So lets keep the willpower stuff to a minimum! Which leads me to…
  4. Set yourself up for success! It starts in the grocery store. If we bring home cookies and ice cream and bags of potato chips then by golly, I assure you we will eat them! If you are in a house like mine where the whole family is not quite on board with our eating habits then you can try what I do. I keep any junk food in the garage freezer or in our guest house fridge, or pantry. You might not have a guest house, but you can keep it in a place that you will not be as tempted to go to.
  5. Food prep for the win. Another way to set yourself up for success is to establish a regular routine of food prep. I am so much less likely to stop and grab take out (even vegan “healthy” takeout is going to have more calories with oil, extra salt and who knows what else added to it.) if I have some prepped beans, rice and veggies in my fridge so I can quickly throw together a Buddha bowl or something fast.
eat nutrient dense foods to achieve maximum weight loss
*image from the Starch Solution on Google

Above is a helpful “cheat sheet” to help you achieve your maximum weight loss goals. I also Highly recommend Reading the Starch Solution and the book How to Not Die.

achieve maximum weight loss with the 50/50 plate
*image from Google images

This photo above gives you a visual of the 50/50 plate for the seasons, as you can see during the colder months, if you live in a colder climate, you can increase your starchy vegetables and still achieve your weight loss goals. If you have hit a plateau and want more maximum weight loss you can increase the non starchy vegetable and decrease the starchy vegetables. But I wouldn’t recommend doing that for the long term.

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large silicon muffin cups

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vitamix blender

stainless steel baking sheets

Kitchen Aid

Eco safe non-stick pans

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