No more yo-yo
Monday, November 03, 2014
I was asked as part of a challenge whether I had ever yo-yoed... You know, lose it and gain it right back. Of course I have. And I am betting every single member of SparkPeople has at one time or another! But I am done with the yo-yo! How??? Easy!
When you go on a diet, you decide how much weight you are going to lose and how long you will take to lose it. And if you fall off your diet at some point, you are disappointed in yourself, and probably gain the weight you just lost right back. Or you stay on the diet, depriving yourself of your favorite foods, because you are on a diet! DUH! And when you reach that goal, you go off the diet. And guess what happens? Yup. You gain it all back.
Here's the thing... Diets don't work. They really don't. They are a short term solution to a long term problem. You don't need to lose weight. You need to get healthy. And that means getting to a healthy weight, sure, but the journey is part of the process. So you have to learn to eat what a healthy weight person would eat. This means learning portion control and learning that you can eat ANYTHING you want, you can't eat EVERYTHING you want. I know I have said this before, but this is why SparkPeople works. You take baby steps to increase your consumption of Freggies, to get more exercise, and to measure and weigh your food until it is second nature. You don't have to wait until you get to your goal weight to have a slice of pizza. You just have to fit it into your daily calorie allotment. And if you overeat today, it is NOT the end of the road. It is just today. Tomorrow you can cut a few extra calories - and do it as many days as it takes you so that your AVERAGE calories are on track. Believe it or not, your body will not really notice if you eat more one day than another, just what you eat over time. It really is simple.
Once you accept that this is a life change, the yo yo is over. You will not go off a diet. You can't. You are not on a diet. Oh, you may slip up, and gain some weight back. But I am betting that you - like me - will only gain back some of the weight if you stop paying attention. And then you will jump back in and get back into your healthy lifestyle. Because it feels good. It works. And YOU are worth it.