How To Steer Clear Of The Yo-Yo Diet Trap

If there’s one thing you need to be making sure of, it’s that you don’t fall prey to yo-yo diets. Far too many people suffer from yo-yo dieting who often have the best of intentions, but sadly, get lured in by false hope of what these programs have to offer.

If you’ve ever been on a yo-yo diet before, you know very well how it all ends. Usually those who are yo-yo dieting wind up gaining back all the weight they lost and sometimes even gaining more over and beyond that.

Yo-yo dieting sets you up for long-term failure because with each yo-yo diet you use, you tend to lose lean muscle mass and gain back body fat. This change in body composition only makes it that much harder to stay lean long-term.

So this said, how can you steer clear of falling for yo-yo dieting? Here are a few golden rules to follow.


Adopt A Lifestyle Change Mindset

First, perhaps the most important thing you can do to avoid yo-yo dieting is to adopt a lifestyle change approach. Don’t think of it as going on another diet with a definite end point.

Instead, think of it as making changes to how you choose to lead your everyday life – changes that will stick with you for good.

When you change your frame of mind to a longer term ‘forever’ approach, you won’t be as likely to fall for approaches that only leave you going on and coming off rapidly as time goes on.

Triple Check Your Diet Plan For The Big Three

Any diet you go on should satisfy three main requirements in order to be one that you could feasibly stick with long term. If it doesn’t meet these three requirements, chances are, it’s not going to end well.

What are these three requirements?

It should:

• Provide you with at least 11 calories per pound of body weight (at minimum)
• Provide you with at least one gram of protein per pound of body weight
• Provide you with both carbohydrates and dietary fats. You don’t need a lot of each of these nutrients, but they should never be cut out entirely.

When you find a diet that meets these three things, you can consider it further. If the diet doesn’t, abandon it completely. It’ll only make you more prone to suffering from yo-yo dieting.

Set Goals Regularly.

Finally, last but not least, focus on setting goals regularly. Those who are only trying to achieve a certain goal weight are more likely to yo-yo diet because as soon as they reach that weight, they’re off the diet entirely.

Instead, set goals related to your health, your energy level, and your overall nutritional intake. This way, even once you reach your goal body weight, you’re less likely to fall off the diet plan because there are other goals that you want to reach as well.

This keeps you consistent and always moving forward.

So there you have a few quick tips on how you can avoid yo-yo dieting into the future. Find a healthy diet and make a committed effort to stick with it for the long-term. You’ll fare far better moving forward.

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