We all know at least 1-2 “yo-yo dieters” in our lives–or maybe it’s us! It’s that person that’s always on a new cleanse, new workout plan, or on that “get skinny quick” wave. Then there are others who have successfully lost the weight but suddenly gain it back a month later. What exactly are they doing wrong? Here are 4 reasons why you are yo-yo dieting and not really losing weight.
Below are 4 reasons why it’s just not working:
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Just because your favorite YouTuber lost 50 pounds in 1 month doesn’t mean that you will too. Everyone’s body and metabolism are drastically different. When thinking of a new diet you have to think about if it is truly right for you and makes sense for your body type, lifestyle, and goals.
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You’re Not Sticking To It Long Enough
Everyone is looking for that “get skinny quick” goldmine just like they’re looking for that “get rich quick” scheme. Listen up, it’s not going to happen overnight! Nothing works that fast! Who said it takes only 21 days to form a habit?
In fact, according to a recent study, on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic, that’s 66 days, not 21.
Just keep at it a little longer my dear.
The Consistency Is Lacking
Okay, so you’ve got the “perfect diet” planned out to the very last crumb in your head but how long will you actually stick to it before you deter?
This is where the “yo-yo” effect comes into play. It’s all in your consistency. If you go off track, guess what? You’ll do it again. This is also known as weight cycling.
Studies suggest that weight cycling may increase the risk for certain health problems. These include