Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Yo-yo Dieting Fears

Yo-yo resting at speed
Originally uploaded by canardo.
Another one of my fears about loosing weight that I failed to mention in my Hopes and Fears post was the fear of the adverse affects of yo-yo dieting. I believed that if I lost the weight, and I wasn’t able to keep it off, I would gain even more weight then I started out with and that it would be even harder to take off the pounds. So underneath my resolve of loosing weight there’s a voice that tells me it would be better that I don’t try at all. That the chances of me gaining it back again and then some would be so great that it wasn’t worth the risk of trying. Well my fear and any one else’s fear of this can be laid to rest. According to Barbara Ravage in Kiss Guide to Weight Loss (page 174):

Although some people say that yo-yo dieting messes up your metabolism and does lasting harm to your health, this is actually not true. Medical experts call it weight cycling, and this is what they have to say about it.

1. Weight cycling does not have a permanent effect on your metabolic rate.

2. Weight cycling does not increase the amount of your fat tissue.

3. Weight cycling will not turn you into an “apple,” causing you to regain lost weight as fat deposits in your abdominal area.

The main thing wrong with yo-yo dieting is that it is discouraging.

After reading this passage I felt a little better with trying.

Other fears about yo-yo dieting that I did mentioned was my fear of becoming my mom and what others would think of me. The fear of me becoming my mom is so complex, I don’t even understand it myself. All I know is that in my head I feel that my mom is inadequate because she can’t keep the weight off. I feel that others have the same opinion. I think I’ve seen it on TV where a comedy skit makes fun of Oprah Winfrey’s “weight cycling”. It doesn’t seem right. At least she’s trying.

And that’s what I’m doing. Trying.

It’s stupid to care what other people think, when I know it’s keeping me from doing what’s best for me. I’m no longer going to let the opinion of others keep me from trying. Or trying again when I fail.

"You try and you fail. You try and you fail. You try and you fail. But the real failure is if you stop trying," said the crystal ball in Disney's "The Haunted Mansion"


Askazombiehousewife said...

THis is the longest I've maintained.
Knock on wood.
I still are on my plan of journaling but I eat more.
I started yo-yoing since 17 and I noticed we deprive ourself then binge ourself big.
So this time I am adding treats to my plan.

Askazombiehousewife said...

I been a yo-yo dieter too
most people don't realize they won't learn to eat like a thin person they still have to journak ectrs but eat more.

Anonymous said...

Lily T, Thanks for the v&c. I've been a yo-yo all of my life after having kids. I wonder after all of these years how much I lost combined? Funny how we have the same thoughts, fears, struggles, desires, and hopes. I know some people who lost a good bit of weight but still have some of those hang ups. I've noticed this circle of people who visit each other are really doing good and try many different behaviors to continue their loss. I feel like an intruder, talking the talk but not walking it, forgive me. I just need to be around people who understand what I am going through. I still have plans to change and get healthy. I have picked up some tips here at your site, thanks. Bless you.

Lily T said...

For me trying to balance between "treating" myself and binging is a challenge. I'm working on it. Trying to be as aware as possible when I do treat myself.

Thank you for your comment. My husband always said that no one thinks like me and it gets lonely. Knowing that someone out there have the same thoughts, fears, struggles, desires, and hopes is encouraging. I have confidence in us and in our attempts now that I know we are not alone. We can work out our issues together! Hehe.

I'm glad that you are finding useful tips on my site. It encourages me to continue blogging. Thank you.

I fear no one’s opinion! I am knowledgeable, focused, and efficient. I make this priority and build from experience. I do this for my children and myself. Supported by love, I will persevere.