Ever heard of yo-yo dieting, or weight cycling? Simply put, it is the constant cycle of losing and gaining weight due to constant dieting. Yo-yo dieting is what happens to most people who try to lose weight, over and over again. They think, “Okay, I will try diet ‘A’ and lose 20 pounds.” Which will likely happen, however, that same person is expected to gain those 20 pounds back and potentially more once the give up on diet ‘A’. Once again, the cycle will begin because they have to lose that weight again.
The problem with dieting is that it isn’t a lifestyle change that results in healthier eating or exercise habits. It is normally using will power to eat less than you normally do rather than changing your daily routine and living a healthier lifestyle. Dieting will likely cause someone to binge-eat because they aren’t eating enough or not consuming the foods they like. It is believed that this is a biological response to repeated starvation. A diet can also decrease your metabolism because of the decreased amount of food you are consuming.
Using “will power” and only eating 1000 calories a day doesn’t make you lose weight. If anything, it will drive you crazy because you are hungry all the time. Losing weight requires you to be physically active everyday as well as eating a balanced diet. If someone is working out everyday and burning most of the food they eat, they will have to eat more than 1000 calories in order to have energy to stay active. Someone might need to eat 2000 calories or more just to have the energy to burn that off. So the next time you want to go on a diet, start with exercising first then adjust your diet accordingly.