Stop the Yo-Yo Dieting and get lasting weight loss now!

By Laura Kelly-Pifer

How many times have you started a diet in your life?

Probably a lot more than just once; I know that I have.  I feel like I’ve tried about just everything.  And guess what!?!  Some worked, some didn’t.  What I found in the end was that I was wasting a TON of time, energy and money on gimmicks that haven’t lasted. They were a quick fix but didn’t last long enough for me to enjoy them before the weight started creeping back on.   Does that sound familiar?

If you want to lose weight, you have to do it the right way.  Yep, you know what I’m talking about…..healthy meals and physical activity.  Skipping meals or following an extremely low calorie meal plan won’t cut it.  Starving yourself to be thin is NOT the answer; extreme dieting is NOT worth the harm that it can do to your body.  When you “yo-yo” diet your weight will continue to go up and down and up and down and it will continue to do so unless you make changes TODAY!

Think about how you feel when you cut way back on your calories.  Let’s say you have a special event and cut back to 800 calories for a few weeks.  You think it sounds like a good plan, right? Are you moody, tired, not sleeping well?  When you go to a party or event where there is food, it’s hard to know when to say “enough is enough.”  You start to feel like you’re starving, and then possibly a binge occurs and the weight comes back on.  And so, you go back to the 800 calories to lose what you regained and the cycle starts all over again.  That’s why they call it “yo-yo” dieting.

What I’m asking you to do is to put an end to this trend.  Take a look at what your recommended calorie range should be for the amount of weight you want to lose.  (Not sure where to find this, let me know and I’ll help determine it for you.)  You’ll want to eat whole foods and proper portions.  By eating the whole foods, your body will start to repair the damage that’s been done and you’ll start to notice a variety of changes in your body not just related to weight loss.  You’ll also want to start to incorporate some kind of physical activity into your day….walking, swimming, running, going to the gym or popping in a workout DVD into the DVD player.  Anything goes and make sure it’s something FUN that you want to stick with.   When you do this, you’ll see the scale begin to move and the tape measure gather.  It’s an AWESOME feeling.  Trust me!




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