You’re likely familiar with the term “yo-yo” dieting. It illustrates the frustrating regaining of weight lost after dieting. The endless cycle of losing and gaining weight leads many dieters to give up entirely.
The first step is to accept its inevitability.
For most of us our weight will go up and down based on stress, time management, outside circumstances, and other such crap. The trick is to minimize the severity of this fluctuation.
In essence, we need to strive to make our yo-yo string shorter.
After dramatic weight loss, say 20 pounds or more, priority #1 must be to minimize the bounce back. Significant weight loss of this type means dramatic changes in lifestyle have been made. These changes can be hard to maintain.
So identify a few that can really take hold. Like enjoying the camaraderie of your Zumba class or a new-found appreciation for sautéed green beans. Grab those and don’t let go. Consider your yo-yo string shorter.
A Yo-yo string must be the perfect length. Too long and it won’t come back. Too short and it becomes a key chain.
Strive to make yours the perfect length.