Shedding the pounds seems like the hard part, but keeping them off is the real challenge. Weight cycling (often referred to as yo-yo dieting) is when someone regains lost weight, and is common for the majority of the people trying to lose fat. Does this sound like you? You’re not alone. Here are five reasons 95% of people gain their lost weight back:

Crash Dieting

Weight loss fads and crash diets are so common – our friends are doing them, they are all over the Internet, but the problem is they aren’t sustainable! They often include meal plans that are far too low in calories which is only effective short term, plus they don’t teach you how to succeed after the length of the ‘diet.’ Sure, it’s appealing to drop 10 pounds in 21 days, but what good is that if you can’t keep it off? Losing weight in a healthier, maintainable way will help you keep weight off long term!

Not Eating Enough

Food is fuel for your body and your brain, so depriving your body of the nutrients and calories it needs can have a negative impact on your metabolism. It’s not always about eating less – the quality of your food is far more important than the quantity. Eating too little for an extended period of time puts your body in starvation mode and your metabolism slows. Once you are in a phase of maintaining lost weight, you must determine a sustainable daily caloric intake to give your body the energy it needs and not cause damage to your metabolism.

No Accountability or Guidance

Losing weight on your own is difficult! Keeping it off and maintaining healthy habits without any guidance is equally as challenging. It can take up to a full year for healthy eating to become second nature. Having accountability and guidance in maintaining your weight loss and healthy lifestyle is highly important to success. 

Too Many Restrictions

Long-term weight management is about balance. You can’t tell yourself you’re never going to eat another potato chip or another cookie for as long as you live. Don’t restrict yourself so heavily – enjoy “treat” meals and snacks in moderation and use healthy substitutes wherever you can!

Obsessing Over the Scale

Everyone wants to see the scale decline rapidly, but it’s important to remember that the number on the scale is not indicative of progress. It can be used in part to evaluate fat loss, but it is also important to factor in that lean muscle weighs more than fat! So you can be losing a lot of fat and your weight not drastically change because you are improving your lean muscle mass. 

So, are you tired of yo-yo diets and ready to lose the weight for good?

The Become Yourself Healthy Weight Plan uses Medifast, which will not only help you lose weight, but also help and keep it off long term. On this plan, once you reach your goal weight, you transition to a maintenance phase, where your calories are adjusted and you continue checking in with your Become Yourself consultant for a full year! During this time you will continue to learn how to structure your meals to ensure you reach your caloric goals and are getting proper nutrients. The Become Yourself Healthy Weight Plan is not a yo-yo or crash diet – it is designed to teach you the nutrition skill you need to manage your weight for the rest of your life!

Check out some success stories of others who have lost weight and kept it off with Medifast and Become Yourself! If you think you’re ready to ditch the crash dieting and try something that works, set up a complimentary consultation at a center near you by calling 888-907-7173 or filling out the form here!