2 weeks ago I wrote an article titled “The Quickest and Healthiest Way To Lose 50 Pounds Or More” and now it’s been shared over 2,000 times. While that article was being shared all over the interwebs, I received questions from men and women over 40 asking if it would still work for them.
In fact, I shot a video yesterday outlining the process and so you could have a face behind the method:
Since I received so much feedback and requests for sharing a similar version for those over 40 and feeling (like they want to be) foxy again, here’s a version for you.
You’ll find it very similar, with a few additions and subtractions. I suggest you read both and, of course, start The 3-Week Metabolism Diet, sooner rather than later.
Mindset Matters Most
Before I get into the actual program, I want to make sure you understand the importance of having a strong mindset. I go into detail in the video above and in the previous “Lose 50 Pounds” article, so I’ll just quickly re-cap here.
The 6 Mindset Hacks You Must Remember To Be Successful With Any Program
1.) Losing A Significant Amount Of Weight Is A Full-Time Commitment
Losing large amounts of weight takes time and patience, especially the older you are. I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m saying you’re in this for the long-haul. You will see results, just be persistently patient.
2.) Focus on Progress Not Perfection
Perfectionism will kill your weight loss results. All progress is positive. Changing one habit a week is amazing progress. If you don’t lose scale weight right away, but you’re following a great program, you might be losing fat instead of muscle. That’s good!
3.) Be OK With Making Mistakes
You’ll make mistakes, and that’s OK. Learn from them and try not to make the same one twice.
4.) Eat Right, Exercise, And Transform Because You LOVE Your Body, Not Because You Hate It
Love > Hate. Focus on what you’re GAINING instead of losing. You’re gaining health, not giving up foods. You’re gaining transformation, not missing out on happy hour.
5.) Forget About Calories, Points, and Scales
You must remember that not all calories are created equal. It’s also important to remember a SUSTAINABLE program will be the one you stick too. Do you want to count points and calories your whole life? I didn’t think so.
6.) Follow A Proven Health-Focused System
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.
Doomed because those programs are short-term focused, instead of long-term. So let’s dive in to the program that will help you lose 40 pounds or more even if you’re over 40 and have tried everything.
Crystal, Debra, and Shannon each lost over 20 pounds and 8 inches in the first 21 days with the 3-Week Metabolism Diet
The 8-Step Healthy Fat Loss Plan To Lose 40 Pounds Or More Even If You’re Over 40
Step 1. Go BIG With Your Weight Loss Efforts
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.
The 3-Week Metabolism Diet Helped Crystal and Debra Lose 7 Pounds In One Week And They Kept It Off…Learn How
Step 2: 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.
Over-consumption of inflammatory foods can lead to leaky guy syndrome, IBS, chronic diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, and more food intolerance. 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.
Learn How The 3-Week Metabolism Eliminates Gut Inflammation, Detoxes Your Liver, and Resets Your Thyroid
Step 3. 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.
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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 4. Balance Your Macro-nutrients
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 Metabolism Diet, begins with choosing simplicity. When you keep your meals simple, you’re more likely to continue eating that way.
Step 5. Cycle Your Carbs, Eat More Protein, and Be Picky With Your Fats
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.
Protein is the most important macro-nutrient when it comes to losing weight.
It has been shown to reduce cravings by 60%, boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and help you eat up to 441 fewer calories per day.
If weight loss is your goal, then adding protein is perhaps the single most effective change you can do to your diet.
Not only will it help you lose, it can also help you avoid re-gaining weight if you ever decide to abandon your weight loss efforts.
There is also some evidence that protein is particularly effective against belly fat.
One study showed that the amount and quality of protein consumed was inversely related to fat in the belly. That is, people who ate more and better protein had much less belly fat.
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.
Why? Because when you focus on balancing your hormones FIRST, you WIN.
Step 6. 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 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. 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. raw, unfiltered 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!
It’s also important so skip high sugar drinks and limit your alcohol consumption for a few days. Alcohol can cause hormonal imbalances (estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, and low growth hormone) and excess sugar can lead to insulin resistance and excess cortisol, both making it impossible to get rid of stubborn body fat.
Read More About Hormonal Imbalances: 8 Common Hormonal Imbalances Causing Weight Gain
Step 8. Start Your Weight Loss Journey The Right Way
If this article hit home for you, my 3-Week Metabolic Fat Loss Challenge really is the best place to start your weight loss journey.
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 almost 2,000 clients in our private support group going through the Metabolism Diet Challenge together, and every day they are sharing experiences, results, motivation, and lots of recipes!
If you are 200+ pounds 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.
Watch the free video presentation to see how real people are getting real results in just 3 short weeks!
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What Do People Over 40 Who’ve Lost 40 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 Metabolism 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.
If you’d like to become the next success story, then watch the free presentation and read the success stories, then share yours in 3ish weeks inside our private support group on Facebook, here’s some of the messages: