Have you lost the weight you wanted? Congratulations! You are now entering a new phase of your diet, the one that consists in keeping your new silhouette and avoiding the yo-yo effect, so dreaded by the dieting sphere.
So, how can you approach this transition in a simple way and without any hassle? How do you deal with invitations, meals with friends, and other temptations? Here are our tips and tricks to lose weight without the yo-yo effect.
Stabilizing your weight: a new phase of your diet
Even if your stabilization period is not accompanied by weight loss, this phase is an integral part of your diet. So it’s just as important, if not more important, than the diet itself.
Indeed, stabilizing your weight is crucial at the end of a period of weight loss, at the risk of causing your body to undergo the famous yo-yo effect.
What is the yo-yo effect?
The yo-yo effect is a kind of protection that our body puts in place to counteract what it considers to be a period of calorie deprivation. Indeed, during a diet, you reduce your caloric intake, forcing your body to draw on its reserves. When you return to “normal” caloric intake, your body will be somewhat suspicious of what you are going to bring to it. Your body may react in one of two ways:
- by spending less energy
- by stockpiling more
That’s why if you go back to the bad eating habits you had before the diet, you’re likely to regain all the weight you’ve lost, plus a weight bonus.
Is it possible to avoid the yo-yo effect?
No, and fortunately there are a few tricks to keep your new silhouette. There are techniques to stabilize your weight after dieting and avoid the yo-yo effect.
The cheat meal can help stabilize your weight
First of all, keep in mind that if you go back to your old eating routine, chances are your pounds will return in a snap. However you won’t be able to stay on the ad Vitam eternal diet either. All you have to do is maintain good, healthy eating habits while allowing yourself a few extras occasionally. This is where the principle of the cheat meal comes in. A cheat meal is a meal where you can (within reason) afford to eat what you like. This can be once a week, or every two weeks, depending on your metabolism.
Maintain regular physical activity
During your diet, you have most certainly adopted a regular physical practice. Keep up your new and good habits! This will force your body to burn calories and will allow you to indulge from time to time, without consequences on your scale, and thus lose weight without the yo-yo effect.
You have understood what you have to do: move, eat healthily, and don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time!
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