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Yo-yo the toy spins quickly upwards and downwards, staying genuine to neither. It’s fascinating to watch the spin! But once the spin stops, it leaves your eyes in a whirl. Yo-yo dieting is almost a bad word in current times where the awareness of eating healthy and the knowledge that accompanies it is not uncommon. But the human mind is such. It plays the devil dispelling any attempt at logic when the urgent need to achieve a goal sets in.
You may have had health or weight issues compounding over a long period of time but may feel the desperate need to build Rome in a day when it comes to optimizing the weight scale. And then you land up taking all the wrong decisions. Why? Because you are in a hurry. You overestimate human endurance, you overestimate a human’s ability to control, you believe you will never need a break from healthy eating and you set goals for yourself keeping this illusion in mind.
Fad diets and crash diets are alluring – promising instant outcomes just like instant noodles. But both of these are devoid of any long-term health benefit. Both, in fact, promise long-term disadvantages.
Diets aren’t wrong in itself. They provide the bridge that translates compromised eating practices into healthy eating routines. But they can go wrong if not done right and have no ultimate purpose. As is in the case of diets that propagate difficulty in sustaining them – that either crash calories far lower than your body’s requirement or advocate elimination of specific macronutrients without knowing a body type. Or diets that get you to be mistaken for a mouse based on your eating skills or leave you staring awkwardly over delicious piles of food that you can’t eat. Or diets that preach water over food and fasts over a good breakfast.
But do such diets give good results? Yes, they do. They give you weight loss results initially. But remember one golden rule – what you do to lose weight is a minimum of 70 percent of what you will have to do to keep the weight off. So, by that rule, the question you need to ask yourself on any diet you decide to follow is “can I sustain this over a period of time?” or “am I willing to take the trouble to follow this tough diet and also willing to take the high risk of wheeling back to where I started incase I cannot sustain it?”
Yo-yo dieting, where you follow a diet – lose some and then gain some. And when you know the “gain some” is racing towards “gaining a lot more”, you pitch another diet to yourself and lose some peace and thank god some weight too! Of course, to bring the peace back again, you do need to gain the weight back too. No offense meant. The story continues and it is a familiar one.
Remember – any system of eating that gives you results all too soon will also take away those results before you’ve had a chance to “catch”.
Finally, the truth of the matter is that this phenomenon itself is antithetical to your final goals for holistic wellness. It rarely makes a pitch to your long-term health. Instead, it keeps the fumes coming out of your ears and makes a dent on your otherwise happy personality..
What yo-yo dieting does for you is to see life only until 20 meters far away, and not bother about the roadblocks ahead or how to mitigate them. And now it’s in your hands to decide which hands you want to place your health in.