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How Have You Ended The Yo Yo Diet Cycle?

This is a bog post from personal development coach Joshua Wayne discussing an approach to ending the yo yo diet cycle from a mindset standpoint. It would be interesting to hear from those of you who have been able to successfully transition away from the yo yo. What were the practical steps that you took, how did you do this?

-Jackie


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Fri. Feb 6, 7:59am

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yo-yo diet stops here!

I have found a cardio class that I love & can't wait to go to. (I've only been doing it for the past 2 months, but I'm paid up through September, so that helps me go & "not waste money") It's a 1hr cardio Akimbo (kickboxing) class that's a high-energy class. I currently still feel like I still "die" - get all red-faced, drip with sweat so bad that I have to wear a big shirt just to absorb my sweat that runs all down me. (Can you tell I'm a clean girl? I don't like to sweat) But after I'm done I feel SO GOOD. Never in my life have I ever felt so good. It's like something just clicked & my body said, "Well, it's about time!" So my point is, I found something I love & I can stick with it, even in the winter months, cause it's an indoor thing. So with all the healthy eating tips from this site, logging, group support & kickboxing 3 times a week - this is what is going to stop me from going back to my "fat weight". Haven't gone backwards yet, so the more I lose, the more I gain confidence to say, "I feel I'm at a 9 or a 10 that I'm done with yo-yo-ing!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 12:12 PM

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I learned about nutrition- in the real sense! Not what one doctor recommends you eat to lose weight, but what my body really needs overall, not just to lose weight but to live.
I started to eat a more balance diet and eat things that I knew were going to be good for my body, like: blueberries, ground flax seed, oats & grains, lean meats, spinach other leafy vegetables. Once I started trying to eat some of these things every day I found I didn't have any other room in my stomach to eat all of the bad junk that I had wanted before. And, then I realized all my yo-yo dieting had failed because I was told I had to give up a food group and that led to binging later or trying to feed that craving with a dozen of other things and calories. So, I allow myself one cheat day a week where I don't think about my calories and I eat what sounds good; but in small portions throughout the day.

That's how I gave up yo-yo dieting and I still get a little chuckle when I see & hear people talking about another crazy diet.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 12:33 PM

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Solved the diet dilemmas

Figured out how 1) how to get PLEASURE from eating healthy and 2) how to eat out and have fun without gaining weight.

These solutions share some things including- great restaurant style salads, lots of seafood- fish and shellfish, eggs, easy to digest foods like sweet potatoes and goat cheese.

I gave up chicken and most meat in order to keep my favorites, wine and dark chocolate.

FINALLY- biggest change of all. You change your identity to someone who does not eat corn-syrup, sugar and flour-based nutritionally deficit food. And then it is EASY!!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 8:42 AM

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I stopped yo-yo dieting by deciding a year ago to stop dieting. I just don't do it. I eat what I want, when I want it, and the only 'checks' I put on myself are not to stuff myself, not to eat dessert every day, and make sure to get in fruits and veggies every day. And I exercise moderately.

When I'm not thinking about calories and numbers and nutrients and forbidden foods, I find that I gravitate to healthier choices anyway, and don't stress about it.

I will never get model thin this way, but I am at a comfortable weight for me and have no trouble whatsoever staying there. I think the stress we put on ourselves trying to attain a super thin ideal is what causes the vicious cycle of on and off dieting and weight fluctuations.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 11:34 AM

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I don't diet. I exercise. I found that increasing my exercise has given me the endorphins I needed in my life to love it! Like the post above, I find that ever since I allowed myself the pleasure of eating whatever I want, I have gravitated towards healthy foods. I also have found great recipes for healthy foods so they are delish and healthy instead of cardboard tasting.

I found my passions in exercise and cooking which has taken me off the yo-you dieting for good!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 10:18 AM

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yo yo dieting

have i stopped yo yo-ing?
i am working towards moderating that tendency.
does that mean i don't believe it's possible to be at my best weight?
hmmm.., i started this program w/ an honest 60% belief in my 'getting there'.
my image is me at my best weight a cpl of years ago.
i had 2 health scares that go time eating pretty perfectly very well, and exercising daily.
as i got better, i started to cheat, also moved 100 miles, house shopped and more stress encouraged quick fast food.
tho i had sworn off the worst: diet soda, soda in general, cheap fast food meat and fried foods.
i always ate lots of garden fresh veggies and fruits, and just expanded that venue even more.
i ate well, often and esp beans and veggies. tiny desserts: the 1 tbs variety.
i take an anti cancer drug that increases aches and pains and appears to make it harder to lose wght for some. and i'm 'older'; at 67 thy say iit is harder to lose wght.
given all that, i think i have done wonderfully, and also i know i am not where i want to be wght-wise.
i think i really can do it, but it is a lot of subtle work, as well as lots of concrete work!
i've maintained a halfway decent weight. i know my bp, bg, knees and cancer prognosis is statistically better at a 10 pound lower loss. i started being more aggressive 4 months ago.
i've lost 5 pounds and almost starting to see on e more almost 2 more slip away. but it is tenuous.
my aches make it harder to really amp up hard exercise, tho i have increased gym visits to 5/wk, and am doing almost an hour of hard yard work almost daily;-)
life intervenes. yesterday, we went out to dinner. my husband loves to.
i had the boring salad w/ chicken, butternut squash soup, one of his oysters, and chewed on his lamb chop leg. i ate no bread, nor his savory stuffing. he wanted to share dessert. we had a flourless choc cake, w/ too much whipped cream. i have been cutting out dairy, wheat and soy and more. but that cake needed the whipped cream, and tho the cake was fine, it really was not worth the calories! so i am living and learning.
been lucky that the weather has encouraged outdoor chores which i really enjoy.
i'd say my belief has increased to 65-75% that i can get there and stay at my best weight w/out yo yo-ing forever. onward and upward!

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 11:43 AM

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