“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Break the cycle of yo-yo dieting

“I did so well on my diet, but then when it ended, my weight just slowly crept back up to where I started from.”  

Most people who start a diet and follow it honestly and carefully make really good progress, and end through their diligence, they reach their goal weight. And the results are very satisfying.

These successful dieters are incredibly happy with their efforts, but make the mistake of going back to their normal life of eating, forgetting that the changes to their habits were what got them their weight loss in the first place. The result of their going back to ‘normal’? The weight comes back.

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This is pretty obvious if you think about it

This cycle can continue for ages, because we often miss the simple truth that dieting is a lifestyle change, not a twelve week, once-off change. Once you’ve lost the weight you have to keep it off by keeping your healthy new habits! Like your lowered calorie intake, and your reduced alcohol and junk food binges.

If you can continue with the changes you implemented during your diet (with a little bit of lenience), then you have a really good chance to stay around your goal weight.

You can do it!

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