Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~English Proverb
Dieting can be both a boon and a blessing. Yes, you might lose weight, but you have to also look at what it’s costing you in your health. If a diet promises rapid weight loss, you are almost guaranteed when you go off the diet, rapid weight gain will happen. This is called yo-yo dieting and it’s not healthy for your body, your self-esteem, and your health.
Yo-Yo Dieting vs Healthy Dieting
You have not arrived at the place of wanting to diet overnight. You have developed eating habits that are unwise, unhealthy, and are not working for you. A yo-yo diet will NOT re-establish healthy eating habits that will serve you well across your lifetime. In fact, it might even make the problem worse! Yo-yo dieting is guaranteed to put the rapid weight lost right back on.
People choose a “quick-weight-loss” (yo-yo) diet because in our fast-paced lives, instant gratification has become the norm. For a weight-loss diet to serve you well, you must convince yourself that slow and steady is a healthier choice.
How Does a Yo-Yo Diet Affect Your Health
Most yo-yo diets are dangerously low in calories. It’s starvation, and that is dangerous. You require fuel several times throughout the day. Lack of fuel promotes exhaustion, maybe depression, muscle loss, your blood chemistries are torqued, you experience lowered self-esteem (despite the weight loss,) and a rapid return to the unhealthy eating that made you want to lose weight quickly in the first place.
With low self-esteem in place, your binge eating returns, and the old (unhealthy) habit is right back in place. You have not gained progress, only your weight, plus you now are at a much higher risk of manifesting diabetes, gallbladder problems, cholesterol problems and blood pressure problems. And you can’t even say “Well, I did lose weight!” because that’s right back in place.
So, What Do You Recommend Over Yo-Yo Dieting?
Remember the science classes in lower school that taught you what a healthy diet was? It might be time to re-study nutrition and learn how to lose weight in a more healthy manner.