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Are You A Yo-Yo Dieter?

The media and magazines are regularly seen promoting weight loss plans, the latest celebrity diets, faddy diets, crash diets, low calorie diets, slimming pills, low carb diets…….and the list goes on! Often many of these ‘faddy’ ‘crash’ diets include bouts of starvation, missing nutrients, meals, or very low calories.

Some people struggle with yo-yo dieting all their life and struggle with the continuing pattern of gaining and losing weight. Below I share my 4 tips on how to stop Yo-yo dieting. I hope you find this article and video helpful. 

4 Tips On How To Stop Yo-Yo Dieting

(1) Know The Facts: 
Although you may achieve some fast results with dieting, sooner or later the body will adapt to the reduction of calories and your metabolism begins to slow down. This is often when many people will start to struggle with the diet, and the weight begins to come back on – and they may find they end up with more weight gain then what they started with!  

(2) Change Your Mind-Set:

Rather than trying to go for quick diet fixes think about taking a long term sustainable approach. Change your mind-set and think of your diet as a healthy eating plan – a better lifestyle change. 

3) Do Not Restrict Yourself:
Do not restrict yourself of food! Most importantly do not miss meals or starve yourself such as; skipping breakfast. There are lots of healthy options out there. Diets may help you successfully lose weight in the short term, but if you are depriving yourself you will sooner or later break the diet.

(4) Start Making Lifestyle Changes:
Look at your activity levels and what, when and why you eat. Plan and prepare your meals in advance. Try to increase your physical activity levels gradually this will help to boost your metabolism. 

Yo-Yo Dieting Can Affect Our Emotions: Yo-yo dieting can affect your emotions, confidence and self-esteem. The more times you go through the repeat gain-lose-gain pattern the more it can possibly affect your emotional wellbeing – and you become less convinced you can break free from the constant ups and downs!

Here are my 4 Tips on how to stop Yo-yo dieting: Watch the video >> #DalTV <<

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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.