Understanding Yo-Yo Dieting
I’m sick of dieting I just can’t do it, I’ve tried every diet going but just can’t keep the weight off!
We’ve all heard this statement from time to time from friend’s relatives and hell I’ve even said it myself! It’s called yo-yo dieting, and it’s so difficult to break the cycle!
The thing is the weight loss world is so confusing with all the lotions and potions and mixed nutritional messages out there… Counting points, eat low carbs, breakfast shake, lunch shake, low fat diet, its no wonder people are frustrated and giving up feeling bewildered and confused.
We also have the fitness fanatics preaching on how to eat this, do this and all this motivational jargon which is ok for their world but when you’re a mum who just wants to lose a few pounds and doesn’t want to become a gym junkie its just all too much to take in.
What is yo-yo dieting?
1, Usually it’s the latest fad diet going which cause people to lose large amounts of weight quickly. This usually includes extreme calorie restriction with low carbs, high protein.
2, The diet is usually very restrictive and can cause you to feel unwell fairly quickly over a short period of time.
3, Usually most fail without proper direction and encouragement as its just simply too much! They go back to eating more food than they ate before either through depression, disappointment in themselves or just plain resentful. When they go back to eating its usually binge eating on all the wrong choices in addition to that which can be very frustrating their metabolic rate has usually slowed right down due to the over calorie restricted diet they have just been on. The result is they usually go over, and beyond the weight they previously weighed.
4, Feeling utterly depressed and frustrated they go back on the next fad diet.
Here are a few pointers to help you stop yo-yo dieting.
1, Forget about losing a certain amount of poundage. Your goals first and foremost should be getting healthy. If your overweight and adopting any healthy diet plan and exercise routine you should almost certainly lose weight.
2, Write down why you’re trying to lose weight and be healthy. Dieting and exercising at first can feel nothing less than excruciating. Stay motivated and look to the reasons why you started to stay strong during moments of weakness.
3, Be realistic with your goals chose a weight that is achievable with moderate effort don’t be an Olympic athlete in the gym one week and an Olympic cake eating champion the week after.
4, Try making small changes each day. Changing yoghurt for Ice cream, 2% Milk rather than full fat, small changes add up to big changes.
5, One of my most important is forward planning. Make your lunch for work the night before, if its made and in your bag you wont make the wrong choices through the day when hungry.
6, Seek support from your family, try to adopt a healthy eating plan that’s right for the family at meal times.
7, Don’t reward yourself with food. You’re not a dog!
8, Keep trying. I must have tried stopping smoking for 5 years on and off, I finally stopped in 2006 and stayed stopped! Remember past failures don’t predict the future. I’m sure there will be times you’ll fall off the wagon but don’t despair if you eat something you shouldn’t finish it, enjoy it then stop! Don’t adopt that way of thinking ”well I might as well eat us out of house and home in one night because I’ve had 1 doughnut”. Just get back to your healthy diet plan as soon as possible.