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The Yo-Yo Diet

Ahh yes, the yo-yo diet. Aptly called that because so many have succumbed to the ups and downs of weight loss and weight gain. No, there is no actual ďYo-Yo Diet,Ē but are you one of those people who struggles with your weight, having the ability to lose it, only to gain it all back again (and then some) after only a brief period of time? If so, then pay close attention to what I am about to say.

First off, you must stop thinking that you are on a diet. Diet is an ugly word, and quite honestly, diets do not work. I know that sounds crazy, but think about this; when you diet, you are planning to follow a planned eating regimen until you reach a specific weight goal. But what happens when you reach that goal? Do you go back to normal eating? Do you follow a new plan? If you return to your normal eating routine of fast food, sugar-loaded coffee drinks and bakery goods, guess what happens. The weight comes back on with a vengeance, and you usually end up gaining a little extra. What happened?

Hereís how this works; when we gain body fat, the body is creating new fat cells. During that diet period, those fat cells shrink, but they do not leave your body. The only way to actually remove these cells from your body is through liposuction, and I am not recommending that. Once you achieve your weight loss goal and you go back to your old way of eating, those existing fat cells fill back up with fat that is ingested, and it happens very quickly. Itís unfair, I know, but thatís why dieting and returning to old eating habits does not work.

An added reason dieting does not work is that people tend to jump right into them full-go from the get go. Youíre going to burn yourself out that way, and that will lead to failure. Think about it; on one day, youíre out eating whatever you want, but the next day, all of the sudden your favorite foods are on the ďNoĒ list. Itíll drive you crazy and youíll hate it. Thatís no way to go about trying to lose weight.

Instead, go about your weight loss goal this way; think of it as a lifestyle change. Youíre going to be healthier, but over a gradual period of time. If you drink a lot of soda, cut it out of your plan. Thatís one small change that you can handle, and itíll make a big difference in your body. Once youíre accustomed to not drinking soda anymore, cut the fast food down to once a week, and then eventually not at all (unless youíre splurging). I think you get the idea.

Improving your health should not be a daunting task. With the small, incremental changes, youíll find itís much easier to stick to your plan, and youíll be able to lose the weight and keep it off, permanently.