How To Stop Yo Yo Dieting & Dangers of Yo Yo Dieting

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Yo-yo dieting, also referred to as weight cycling, is a process where you lose weight and regain it. Yo-yo dieting is a common problem that many dieters encounter, and it can be very frustrating because you never feel like you have a weight loss system that works for you.

To stop weight cycling, you have to find out “why” you are weight cycling and then come up with a game plan of how to stop prevent from

Once you’ve uncovered the reason you weight cycle (or the “why”), you have to come up with a game plan to prevent yourself from weight cycling in the future. It may be good to keep track of your “why’s” and write them in a journal, as there may be more than one cause of your weight cycling.

Below are a list of common reasons people struggle with weight-loss diets and solutions. See if any of these “why’s” apply to you.

Common Reasons Why People Weight Cycle


Why: Not Prepared For New Weight Loss Diet Hunger Attacks
When you start a diet, especially one where you’re eating less, you will likely have to deal with hunger attacks (bouts of hunger).

The reason being is that even when you’re overweight, the body has gotten used to the intake of calories that it takes in and being the size it is, even if it is an unhealthy size. So when you try to lower the number of calories you intake, the body will initially resist.

The body will send hunger attacks, signaling you eat so it can maintain its current size.
It’s important to understand in advance that you will more than likely have to deal with hunger attacks when you start a new diet, so when they occur, you’re not caught off guard.

It’s also vital to tell yourself that these hunger attacks should not occur to this degree forever because it can be very demoralizing when you’re on a diet, and you feel like you’re going to always be this hungry. However, it can take at least 21 days for the body to get used to eating less.  So you have to be prepared and remind yourself that it will not be this way forever.


Why: Not Having Enough Engaging Activities
As just mentioned, when you start a diet where you’re eating less, you will likely face hunger attacks. That is why it’s important to have a great schedule full of engaging activities, so you are not sitting around thinking of how hungry you are.

You want to, in particular, identify weak points in your day where food cravings hit you the hardest and come up with an engaging activity that you can do around that time.


Why: Having to Deal With Emotional Eating
Emotions can play a huge part in our eating decisions. For example, if you’re stressed out or upset about something, you may turn to food for a little pick-me-up.

Emotional eating can be problematic when on a diet and often contribute to yo-yo dieting or weight cycling. Therefore, to be successful and consistent at dieting, it’s important to learn how better manage the things that trigger you to go into an emotional state and learn how to react better once you’re already in an emotional state.


Why: Missing Old Foods That Were Cut From Diet
Often, when people pick a diet, they make one where they cut out the foods that they used to eat, and while there is nothing wrong with this, some people find themselves constantly craving their old foods.

If you struggle with craving old foods that you used to be able to eat, you can work these foods back into your diet. In various ways, you eat these foods in smaller, healthier portions. You can find comparable foods.

That is especially true if you embrace your inner chef. There are various tactics you can use to help incorporate old foods back into your diet. For example, you can eat something before you eat these foods.