What is yo-yo dieting and is it worth it?

Don’t be a yo-yo dieter. Get control of your body weight for good and enjoy long-term weight loss.

Yo-yo dieting is a catchy term (first coined by a Yale University academic) to describe a pretty miserable experience. Have you spent years trying to lose weight, only to put it back on again and then start all over again? Then you'll know how it feels.

What can you do to combat yo-yo dieting in your own life?

The best way to avoid the on/off cycle of yo-yo dieting is to lose weight slowly and sensibly. Don’t do fad diets, and if you do decide to use fat burners and replacement shakes then do so as part of a calorie controlled diet. Crash dieting might result in lots of weight coming off, but it’s unlikely to last.

What’s the best way to lose weight?

The best way to lose weight is to change the habits which caused you to gain the weight in the first place. Educate yourself about calorie balance, nutrition, and healthy food choices. Learn how much food your body needs. Design a plan of eating which you'll enjoy and stick to. It’s all very well losing weight fast. But you must think about how you will be eating next month, next year, and in 10 years’ time.

Slow and steady is always better than the highs and lows of yo-yo dieting. Be patient. Imagine how different you could look 6 months from now and work towards that goal. Some people have spent decades yo-yo dieting, many of them ending up heavier and fatter than when they started their first diet. It's no good for your body, your mind, or your emotions. Are you ready to stop yo-yo dieting for good?

You can reach your weight loss goals, and experience the happiness and freedom of never having to start another diet again.

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