Yo-Yo Diets…Are They That Bad?

It is a well know fact that most of us who are successful at losing weight, at some point put it back on again, and then some.  Then, we lose the weight again and put it on again and again and again.  We all know this is yo-yo dieting but how does this affect me and my efforts to keep the weight off?  The answer is simple…every time you lose weight and then put it on again, you may be the same weight as when you started but you are a little “fatter”.

  • Let’s say you weigh 200 lbs and you lose 50 pounds.  The 50 lbs lost is NOT ALL FAT.  Some is water, muscle etc.  So let’s say 40 lbs of that weight loss is fat, 5 lbs was muscle (usually because you don’t eat enough if you are following a low calorie diet)and 5 lbs was water.
  • Now, you gain back 50 lbs.  BUT you gain 50 lbs of fat.  You don’t gain muscle back unless you work out.  So you are actually an additional 10 lbs “fatter” even though you are still back to 200 lbs.
  • The more times you do this the fatter you get.  This is why people often say “I used to be able to lose weight fairly easily and now it is so much harder”.  You multiply the number of fat cells AND you make your fat cells fatter.

So how can I avoid this?  Stop dieting!!!  Diets don’t work!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  You should know by now I am an advocate of following a very low carb lifestyle, but the key word here is LIFESTYLE.  It is your way of life.  It is being aware of how many carbs you are eating and make alternate choices that are lower carb version.  It’s using lettuce for a hamburger bun or making the low carb/gluten free almond buns that I have posted earlier.  I have made these buns so many times and it literally takes me 5 minutes to make and 20-30 minutes to bake.  I will actually bring one of these buns if I am going to a restaurant and want a hamburger.  I tell my waitress that I am gluten intolerant but luckily I have my own bun :-).

If you are new to my blog, scroll down to find the RULES to following a low carb lifestyle if you want to lose weight or if you want to maintain your weight and just stay healthy.  I promise you will lose all of your sugar cravings and you will feel so much more energy.  Isn’t that worth it?

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