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yo yo dieting

I have a question for nutritionists or veteran weight losers...one of the things that inhibits me from dieting is a belief that I won't be able to sustain a weight loss and this idea that it's healthier to maintain a stable weight than yo-yo diet. Of course, I'm certain this is partly an excuse. So, I need somebody who is armed with knowledge to help me understand what kind of weigh fluctuations actually result in worse health.

I tend to go up and down 5-10 lbs. Am I better off continuing to make efforts or am I better off accepting myself for who I am? I am actually about 20-30 lbs overweight.


Mon. Feb 13, 7:34pm

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Actually, now that I think about it, it's more like 30-40 lbs overweight.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 7:36 PM

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Not a expert but..........

If you make small changes, they will stick better. Start little by substuting white bread for wheat, ground beef for ground turkey, eat sweets in moderation/low fat versions( i like Skinnt cow icce cream) and imcorpirate small physical exerciese, like take a 10 min walk 5 times a week, until it becomes habit. You can gradually increase you time.
Good Luck and dont give up!
~Workout25

Monday, February 13, 2006, 8:18 PM

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Thanks for the response. I keep thinking there will be a silver bullet or magic event that will happen and "cure" me from my bad habits and forever I will be "over" whatever it is that makes me so dependent on food. As usual, the truth is it takes hard work and determination. Thanks for the reminder.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 10:07 AM

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I would agree with the previous poster. I think you are doing great for getting as far as you have. Take it one day at a time. "Rome wasn't built in a day." You will never reach perfection, but can do your best.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 10:14 AM

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I think it's not so much the change in weight that's the problem, its what you do to your body repeatedly by the dieting. Celebs change wieghts for movie roles regularly- but they have trainers who do it with them to maintain health.

If what you do to lose wieght is healthy, then relax. But you have to make it lifestyle changes. You can't approach it saying "I'm going to do this to lose wieght," it has to be "I'm going to do this to stay healthy" stay means perpetual, not for a set time. And there's no point in losing wieght if you're not getting healthier at the same time (wieght is not the only indicator of health!!!)

So don't worry about "yo-yo dieting" and instead make a decision to change your lifestyle. You know you're worth it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 2:46 PM

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