We all, at one point in our lives, have experienced going on a diet to lose excess weight. I’m sure, that many would agree that most dieters have experienced cheating and go on binge eating. Have you ever felt guilty for second helpings? This happens a lot, especially when the dish is so tempting. Most of the time, we justify the act by saying, “I’m going on a diet tomorrow anyway.”
Do you find yourself eating really healthy foods for like a few days and then one day give in to eating fatty foods and sweets? Suddenly, you love to devour unhealthy and fattening foods that you thought you would no longer feed your body with. This is what you call the Yo-Yo Dieting.
What does Yo-Yo dieting mean?
Its cycling through eating healthy foods for several days to i-don’t-care-if-it’s-fattening-I-want-to eat, eat and eat. This inconsistent habit results to not losing weight permanently and cause you to have low energy levels. The worst thing is you would feel low looking at your body, because your dieting didn’t work.
Are you getting so frustrated? Do you want to do something about it?
Here are some ways on how you can stop your unhealthy eating habits and break free from the struggle against Yo-Yo dieting
- Understand that your diet plan IS NOT a temporary eating plan
Usually, dieters go back to their old eating habits after they have lost weight. You must look at your healthiness as a permanent thing, by making a lifestyle change for good. That should, of course, include the type of food to eat day to day.
- Stay committed
For many people, it can be tough to stay committed to their diet plan, especially when they are busy. You need to be motivated by things that are of high value to you, to help you create and practice a healthy lifestyle. The initial goal of most dieters is to lose weight, but it is more important to think of your health and vitality more than just losing weight and looking good.
- Change your idea about healthy eating
When you begin to alter your perception on health, you will soon become conscious that some of what you believe about eating healthy before, like counting the calories or eat fat-free foods only didn’t really help. Recreate your beliefs about health and listen to your body rather than judging your food intake or focus on counting calories. Don’t get stuck just because you want to fulfill a need, even if, you know it’s unhealthy.
- Apply your new point of view
You need to take action for you to achieve the results you wanted. You need not be too hard on yourself, just take baby steps and soon you will find it easy to set-off a healthier behavior into your way of life. Keep in mind, to set what you think you can achieve, so you won’t be overwhelmed and return to your old ways. Accept what works for you and your body best and forget what doesn’t.
- Say NO to fad diets
Fad diets are not healthy, as they are nutritionally incomplete. This type of diet may deliver short-term effect, but credible health practitioners do not recommend their use.
When it comes to weight loss through dieting, bear in mind that what works for other people may not work for you. There are no magic tricks that assure success. The best recommendation is to make a plan and stick to a healthy eating regime.
Lastly, diet coupled with exercise is the best way to attain your fitness aspirations.