If you have ever tried dieting you will know just how hard it can be to lose the weight and keep it off.
Yet most of us forget that you did not gain the weight overnight so you will not lose it overnight either.
Weight loss requires work and dedication, otherwise you could easily become a yo-yo dieter who will try many different diets but will ultimately fail to keep the weight off as you are unable to stick to the good habits you have learnt.
Why do you need to lose weight?
Many of us want to lose weight purely for aesthetic reasons (to look good), while others have had a wake up call from their doctor.
Whatever the reason it is important that you do not let your weight get out of hand as being overweight can increase your chances of suffering numerous health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
There are many ways you can lose weight, from diets such as the 5:2 Diet to a gym membership. You just need to stick to it whatever happens.
Why should you avoid yo-yo dieting?
Latest figures from the NHS has shown that over one-third of us are dieting. Unfortunately obesity levels are also rising which goes to show that very few dieters are successful.
Many try the latest fad diets, lose a few pounds but then quit. Resulting in the lost weight returning, often with a little extra too.
This yo-yo dieting may make you feel better about yourself for the short term but after a while those extra pounds will start to add up and you will be faced with an even harder battle to lose weight.
Try to avoid fad diets
Although fad diets like the Atkins Diet are incredibly popular they usually involve periods of starvation or the creation of abnormal relationships with food.
You may lose weight to begin, but after a while you will most likely quit and the weight will return.
Here are a few more reasons why you should avoid fad diets:
- Skipping meals or creating periods of starvation even for a short period can cause long term health issues.
- Cutting certain food groups could lead to a lack of essential nutrients.
- Low carb foods are often full of fat that can cause high blood pressure and issues with your heart.
- Starving yourself slows the metabolism and will mean your energy levels suffer. Once you start to eat normally again the weight will return faster than you originally lost it.
Lose weight without yo-yo dieting
If you wish to lose that excess weight and keep it off long term then fad diets should be avoided. The best course of action is a complete lifestyle change, which may be difficult but worth it in the long run.
Just remember to achieve your goal you need to stay dedicated and motivated, even when faced with adversity.
Here are some suggestions you can use to help with your weight loss journey:
- Keep a food diary and keep track of what you are eating. You will then be able to make the necessary changes you need to lose weight.
- Your diet should be changed gradually so it is less of a shock to your body.
- Find low fat alternatives to your favourite foods.
- Keep track of what you drink too. Drinks contain calories so cutting back on those soft drinks are an easy way to cut calories and sugar from your diet.
- Start exercising regularly. Even 30 minutes a couple of times a week is better for you than doing none at all.
- Weight loss can be difficult so if you can find support from a loved one then you will be more likely to succeed. Alternatively you could join a group like Weight Watchers that will be full of people in the same boat as yourself.
It is time that you stopped with the yo-yo dieting, take charge of your weight loss and keep it off long term. Your health depends on it.