The Weight Lost Yo-Yo
Have you said this over and over again. Have you noticed that this is a vicious cycle that many people fall into. It’s called the yo-yo effect. It’s one of the mny obstacles that interfere with keeping weight off. Many people go on the, “Lose Fat Quick” diets and then end up regaining even more weight than they lost.
The reason for this is you should never go on fad diets. Fad diets set up up for failure down the line. In addition to this, it is not healthy to drop pounds so quickly, because this upsets the balance in your body.
When a person goes about losing pounds in this manner, they are just losing water and muscle first and then a few pounds of fat next. By the time you do start losing fat, you have literally starved yourself and begin to unwittingly start eating more calories.
As your body receives these increased calories, it begins to immediately store them as fat, because it believes you were going through a startvation period and it wants to be more prepared, by having more fat storage in order to survive the next time.
The body is always striving for what is called homeostasis (the body’s unique ability to regulate its internal physiology with the mission to maintain stability in response to fluctuations in the outside environment).
Whenever you consciously try to alter this, you engage in a battle with your body and the body tries all types of ways to win the battle.
Weight should be lost in small increments, in order to fool the body into thinking everything is normal and stable. When the time comes and the body realizes that things are changing a little, it tries again to stop it.
At this point you reach what is called a plateau (you stop losing weight and start stabilizing). When you get to this point, all you have to do is alter what you were doing before you hit the plateau.
You can decrease calories a little and/or increase exercise.
The key to losing weight and keeping it off is constantly changing what you do, staying aware of your calories and incorporating exercise in your daily routine.
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