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The Dreaded Diet Cycle
(updated March 13, 2013) If you are like most people, you’ve struggled with your weight at one time or another. You’ve been on every fad diet. Initially you lose some weight, but then you gain it back and find yourself heavier than before. This is the dreaded cycle of yo-yo dieting.
Yes, in the short term you can lose the weight, but every time you do this you may be doing more damage than good because your body thinks it’s experiencing a “famine.” In response to that famine, your body goes into survival mode and conserves energy by slowing down your metabolism. Your body does its best to hold on to the fat you have for as long as it can.
So, with many diets, the weight you initially lose is not from just fat, but muscle, too. And that loss of muscle slows down your metabolism even further because muscle burns calories.
Muscle = Metabolism.
There are also common challenges—emotional and other physical ones that come along with dieting. Many diets are too restrictive or monotonous, or leave you feeling deprived and don’t teach you how to permanently change your eating and exercise habits. They leave you feeling hungry, tired, and craving the foods you miss most. You’ve about had it, so you return to your old eating habits and gain the weight back. And the sad part is, the weight you put back on is fat weight.
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