Are you a yo-yo dieter?
Yo-yo dieting, or weight cycling as the experts call it, seems to be a national pastime.
We have this mentality that a diet is something to go on and then get off as quickly as possible
Yo-yo dieters often feel helpless, stressed, and frustrated. It’s a lot of mental anguish.
So how can you stop the cycle?
Make sure your diet is one you can stick with. So no crash diets or fads that are impossible to maintain. In fact, reconsider the whole notion of dieting as a temporary fix. Think of what you’re doing as a permanent lifestyle shift. Say to yourself: “This is how I eat now”.
TODAY, start with one little change that will get you on the road to being healthier. Ditch the morning biscuits, pastries or sugary drink. It’s a small price to pay if you know you will start feeling better very soon.
Be willing to change your eating habits. Since you have to eat to survive, get ready to change. Start planning your own meals – if you are struggling, see a nutritionist.
Commit to fitness. Get started with exercise, no matter how small. But don’t do it on your own – it’s harder to back out if you have friends waiting on you and it makes the effort more fun!
Stop using food as a reward. Take note of your mood changes and hunger levels so you can learn to distinguish when you’re eating for emotional reasons.
Do not skip meals. Eating every 3-4 hours keeps your metabolism and energy humming during the day. Starving yourself or severely cutting your calories will only slow your metabolism and cause you to store fat
Get enough sleep and try to stay away from long-term stress. I know these are easier said than done, but these two in particular will wreck your metabolism and health!
Don’t make any change you can’t keep long-term. Cutting out an entire food group is a good example. If it’s so much of a problem for you that you can only see yourself doing it for a little while, it’s a sure-fire sign that you’re going to be regaining that weight!