By some estimates, more than 80 percent of people who lose weight, regain all of it back in about two years, with many packing on even more pounds. Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and found that about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost.
While small fluctuations on the scale are normal, the unhealthy behavior that experts refer to as weight cycling, is not. Cycling is defined as a significant increase or decrease of body weight (generally 10 pounds or more) that occurs multiple times. Researchers believe a yo-yo pattern is often the result of a diet that’s too restrictive, and a study reported in the journal Obesity backs that up. It found that, people who follow a very low-calorie diet, regained significantly more weight than those on a more forgiving plan.
Balance is the key, as well as getting enough calories to support your metabolism. Desperate for quick results in a culture of instant gratification, many individuals try to lose weight on diets with too few calories, and many times the body may perceive this type of dieting as a threat to survival. In other words, the more diets you’ve been on, the harder it becomes to lose weight.
Evidence shows, however, that this reaction is partially learned, and that through conditioning, you can rewire your brain. After all, the tendency to yo-yo is not just physical, but emotional as well.
The weight-related sessions, in the BrainTap audio-session library, help you learn skills that are needed for long-term behavior change. Monika Ostroff, of Exeter, New Hampshire, is a great example. “I was terrible about taking time for myself, didn’t drink enough water and wasn’t getting any exercise,” says Ostroff. After a few weeks of Braintapping, however, Ostroff had made some significant changes. “I’m now walking the dog for 30 min every day and drinking half my weight in ounces of water,” says Ostroff; “I didn’t even try to do that–it just happened, just like the program promised.”
When you consistently visualize the healthy, active lifestyle you want, you can easily learn, or relearn, the habits and motivation it takes to be successful long-term. Download the BrainTap App today, and enjoy access to over 700 different guided meditations! For a FREE Trial Click Here
WL19 – VISUALIZE AND REALIZE A LIFETIME OF WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS – DUAL VOICE
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