First is it the Atkins diet, then the cabbage soup diet. a Few months later the smoothie diet. After that, a “nut” diet. In fact many people butterfly from fad diet to fad diet. The most challenging thing is to keep up with the latest fad. What did Kim Kardashian do, how did Beyonce lose 5 pounds and did Donald Trump lose any weight?
Why are fad diets (which are mostly unbalanced diets) so popular? Why do many people lose weight and then the weight seems to always come back with a vengeance?
Our bodies remember our top weight and even if we lose weight, our body will attempt to return to that top weight.
The secret to losing weight permanently
The secret to losing weight permanently is a combination of forming new habits and lifestyle change. It is also important to understand that permanent weight loss is not something that will happen in a day, a week or even in a few months.
How long does it take to lose weight permanently?
The amount of time that it will take to lose weight permanently mostly depends on your definition of permanent. To keep your body weight below overweight on the long term depends on your age, sex and metabolism. If you are younger than fourty, generally, you can lose weight quickly and keeping that weight off depends on whether your lifestyle habits allows you to do so. If you are over 40 years of age then different rules apply and you have to take a longer term view on effecting permanent weight loss and you need to ensure that you imprint healthy new and lasting lifestyle habits.
Practical methods (steps) to counter the yoyo diet effect
- The first step is to know what your goal weight should be
- Record and focus on your top and bottom weight for any 12 month period
- Teach yourself new lifestyle habits (Less, much reduced or no: sugars, starch, fats)
- Avoid worrying about other people – focus on yourself, your body, your weight
- Love yourself, sleep, reduce stress, enjoy living
Know that your body will gravitate towards your top weight, try to reduce your top weight number over a 12 month period. Do you know what your top weight the past 12 months were? If not, start today, where are you at right now? record that and plan for the next 12 months…
Ignore the before and after photos, they mean absolutely nothing and only serves to distract you from yourself. If you need to escape, watch a movie, read a book. reading about how someone else lost weight is a waste of your time and energy. Chances are that the very same celebrity or person will simply gain the reported weight lost. Sometimes in even less than 12 months…