Yo Yo Dieting
Monday, November 26, 2012
Today, as I begin losing weight for the third time in my life, I know what I am. A yo-yo dieter. Twice, I have lost more than ten pounds. Twice, I have gained back every ounce.
Some studies report that yo-yo dieting is less healthy than being fat and staying that way. Are my weight loss efforts so poorly executed that I actually do myself more harm than good?
I don't know butI like to think that good habits practiced often enough will become learned. I like to think that I will make different choices this time in order to help me succeed.
This time, I promise only to weigh myself once a week. My daily goal will not be to see a new number pop up on the scale. I will not approach this weight loss effort as though I am playing some pin ball game that I can quit once I win. Instead, my goal will be to evaluate myself at the end of each day and determine which of these three things occurred.
1) -- I ate only what I intended to eat.
2) -- I ate more than I intended to eat but I kept track of everything I ate.
3) -- I ate more than I intended to eat but I did not keep track of what I ate (i.e. I lost control).
If I achieve the first or second goal everyday, I know I will succeed in losing weight and maintaining the weight loss.
I also promise myself that I will aproach this weight loss effort one day at time. Like a recovering alcoholic who always tries to do the next right thing, I will try to eat the next right thing.
Right now, the next right thing is a cup of coffee. :)