Monday, March 16, 2009

Yo-Yo Dieting is a big No-No!

Ever play with a yo-yo? I looked up the definition on to assist you:

a spool like toy consisting of two thick wooden, plastic, or metal disks connected by a dowel pin in the center to which a string is attached, one end being looped around the player's finger so that the toy can be spun out and reeled in by wrist motion.
something that fluctuates or moves up and down, esp. suddenly or repeatedly.
Slang. a stupid, foolish, or incompetent person.

Used as an adjective, a yo-yo diet is the worst and most popular kind of diet everyone aims for.

"But I want to loose weight!" ... well sorry to break it to you, but skinny is a way of life, not a temporary thing.

Popular yo-yo diets include the detox and cleansing diets. The most popular is the master cleanse which consists of canyenne pepper and lemon juice. There have also been success stories with liquid diets, raw diets, Atkins Diet, the Special K Diet and the Kaiser Permanente 3 day diet.

I'll let you in on a little secret. The reason why these "diets" work is because they've helped you cut out calories! The Special K Diet, which boasts its success on its website, has you taking in about 110 calories for breakfast and lunch with a snack of about 90 calories in between. You can eat normally for dinner though. Umm. Sorry to break it to you sisters and brothers trying to look skinny and amazing, but anyone who cuts out 500 calories from their diet will lose weight!

The Atkins Diet? ... cutting out carbs.. DUH. The Kaiser Permanente 3 day diet - keeps you full and satiated with its mix of protein and alternative liquids.. but mainly, it just eliminates the water bloat from 3 days of regulated meals.

I challenge you to eat healthy. Take out one type of devil food from your diet such as fried food or sweets. Don't try to nix both. This little change will help you tremendously reduce your caloric intake. Or, go without desserts during the week and give yourself a treat during the weekend. It basically all boils down to portion control as Nutrisystem so boasts but unfortunately, most of us don't have enough discipline to only eat what satiates our body. We tend to overeat, over indulge and continue munching despite our brains and stomachs being complete. Part of it can be blamed on society but rise above and be better than that.

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