Say No to Yo-Yo Dieting
Posted September 12, 2018
By Len Canter
FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New to weight loss or tired of yo-yo dieting? Learning "stability skills" first may lead to greater long-term weight loss success.
Many dieters regain up to 50 percent of the weight they lose within a year because they abandon the healthy lifestyle changes they made to lose the weight.
According to research done at Stanford University, the answer may be to learn "forever skills" first -- skills you'll practice for life.
Researchers tested their concept by starting one group of women on an 8-week maintenance plan before any dieting began. The women learned how to be more active and eat healthy, with correct portion sizes and without feeling deprived.
They also were encouraged to approach dieting with more of a relaxed attitude. But they did learn how to deal with diet disruptions and even went through a simulated vacation during which they used new skills to stay within the prescribed calorie range in the face of high-fat and high-calorie meals.
Here are some stability skills to master:
If you want to lose weight, it might pay to start with maintenance skills and develop a mindset more in tune with keeping lost weight off.
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