It’s the same story with every diet you start: “this time it’s going to work, this time I’m going to be stronger, this time I’m going to stay committed”. However, the unfortunate truth of dieting is that it will never help you achieve your long term weight loss goals. In fact, statistics show that 46% of people who make a weight loss resolution never make it past 6 months. So, if dieting doesn’t work you may be wondering how you will ever reach your weight loss goals. The key for weight loss success is not to follow a diet, but rather to understand what is really sabotaging your weight loss.
Here are two questions you need to answer to get started:
Question #1: Am I a Yo-Yo Dieter?
Yo-yo dieting is a term you are likely familiar with. It is a process that results in what is commonly known as weight cycling and it involves going on and off diets and constantly losing and regaining weight along the way. You may be thinking that yo-yo dieting is the perfect description of your life. The cycle of yo-yo dieting is crippling mentally, emotionally and physically. Not only does it lead to an emotional rollercoaster of successes and failures, but weight cycling has also been shown to impose adverse health effects. Does this sound like you? If it does, move on to question #2.
Question #2: Have I Hit Diet Bottom?
Hitting diet bottom happens when you simply do not have it in you to go on another diet. You have hit diet bottom when you’ve been dieting your whole life and you no longer have the energy or inner strength to worry about the number on the scale, count any more calories or deprive yourself of foods that you love. The negative emotions and feelings of guilt that come along with overeating are tormenting you and something that you cannot endure any longer. Hitting diet bottom is the first step you need to catapult you into a diet-free life.
If you have succumbed to the yo-yo cycle of dieting for many years and still haven’t reached your weight loss goals, consider if you are at the point where you have hit diet bottom. Figuring out for yourself if you are at this point takes self-reflection into your personal diet patterns and being honest with yourself as to how dieting has affected you throughout your life. Then, and only then, can you move to the next step of discovering the biggest mistakes you’ve made at dieting.
To help you on this discovery journey, please accept my Hitting Diet Bottom Blueprint as my gift to you. Find out if you have hit diet bottom, and learn what you can do to end the yo-yo dieting cycle.