When dieting, it is easy to become victim of the dreaded yo-yo effect. Fortunately, if you know what it is, and why it is caused, it is pretty easy to overcome – all it takes is willpower and planning.
The yo-yo effect, also more scientifically known as weight cycling, is a way of describing the continual loss and gain of weight, resembling the up and down motion of a yo-yo. It tends to happen at the end of a diet, causing those who want to lose weight to go through an ever repeating loop.
There are numerous reasons for yo-yoing to happen, but the most prevalent is extreme transition at the end of a diet. In many cases, a diet will dramatically decrease the amount of calories you consume each day. Once a diet is finished, many will instantly go straight back to eating large amounts – sometimes even more than they did before the diet. This extreme change in calorie intake will cause the body to start overcompensating, putting its effort into storing up fat. It does this as a survival technique. Your body does not know that you are dieting to lose weight, and simply thinks it is going through hard times. By stocking up on fat when you start eating again, it ensures that you will survive should it be put through a time of low intake again.
The best way to avoid the yo-yo effect is to avoid extreme change in consumption at the end of a diet. Slowly build your calorie count back up over a few weeks. This will prevent the body from going into overdrive, and slowly transition it without the risk of rapid fat build up.
A prime example of this is those who finish the Uzuma Slim programme and then move onto the Uzuma Steady programme. The Slim programme is very intensive, and dramatically reduces calorie intake. By using the steady programme afterwards, which contains enough calories to successfully transition without being too extreme, users can successfully and gradually increase their calorie consumption.
This isn’t to say that the Steady programme is mandatory, but serves as a good example of how to slowly build up intake – instead of jumping straight back into old habits – can help break the cycle of weight gain.
However, at the end of the day, if you view a diet as a quick fix, then you are going to put the weight back on. A diet is about transitioning into a healthy lifestyle, and the gradual increase of calories at the end of a diet should be a time to start implementing healthier eating choices. If you are struggling, you don’t need to make loads of drastic changes at once; but put yourself into the right state of mind, and work on making a gradual change for the better.