How to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting
Three Myths Busted
How many times have you gone on a diet and lost weight, only to put that weight back on a few months later? It's called yo-yo dieting. You figure out a way to drop the pounds, but then something changes. At some point the diet quits working and the fat creeps back.
More than 90% of people who lose weight, will put it back on within a year. It's simply the way most diet programs are designed. A typical diet program is structured to help you lose weight in the beginning, but at the expense of long-term success.
But what's crazy is that many people, after they've dropped and gained the weight back, repeat the same diet program. Now I have to clarify something. Just because you lost weight, doesn't make the diet you're on successful. It's only a good program if you lose the weight and manage to KEEP IT OFF for at least two years.
Here's an example. I have a friend that loves dieting through intermittent fasting. She eats one day, then fasts and eats nothing the next day. That dramatic cut in calories on the days when she fasts is more than enough for her to shed the pounds.
But here's the problem. When she eats, she continues to eat the things that aren't healthy. She loads up on calorie-dense, high fat and high sugar meals. All those low-quality meals fail to give her the energy she needs. She gets tired, depressed and eventually quits fasting. Each time she stops, the weight returns with a vengeance. I've watched as she's put 10 pounds back on in a week.
Another friend chooses cigarettes to lose weight. When the pounds creep up, she picks up cigarettes to kill the cravings. Of course it works, but it never lasts. After she loses the weight, she goes through the incredibly tough process of quitting smoking again, and the weight creeps back up.
Here are the most common excuses I hear from yo-yo dieters. See if you can spot yourself in any of these responses.
“I know how to lose weight. I've done it before many times. I don't need to change what I'm doing.”
Yes, you know how to lose weight. However, you've never successfully dieted unless you've kept the weight off for at least two years. If you always put the weight back on, your diet is a failure and you DO NOT know how to lose weight successfully. You need to find something that's sustainable.
Healthy food doesn't have to be boring.
“I don't like eating food that's considered healthy. I had a healthy meal six months ago and it tasted terrible. I know that's how all healthy food tastes.”
Just because you've eaten a couple of healthy meals you didn't like, doesn't mean that's the only thing available. There are thousands of delicious and healthy meals you can choose from.
If you're looking for something easy, visit my website at WeCookFit.com and click on the category you're interested in. No registration, no email, nothing at all is required from you. Just hundreds of options to try. Think of it as food dating. You don't have to settle down with any choices unless you really love them.
“Anything healthy requires constant commitment. If you stop working out your body loses muscle. Dieting is the same. It's a constant struggle that I need to take a break from once in a while.”
You don't have to stay on a diet for the rest of your life. You have to change your unhealthy approach to food.
Do one thing new every 60 days. For example, cover half of every plate you eat with vegetables. Try one new “healthy” meal a week. Sample a new vegetable every week until you've tried everything in your grocers produce aisle. Drink nothing but water for a month. Change one thing until it becomes a habit, then move to the next. Turn those habits into your new normal.
No more dieting, just enjoying things that you haven't tried before. Quit yo-yoing and start living.
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