"Yo-Yo Dieting" by Danniece Bobeche, MSN, WHNP

"Think about it; we go on a diet, we go off a diet. We lose weight, we gain weight. Research has proven that we tend to gain all of our weight back and then some after stopping a regimented diet. How about we stop dieting altogether? I tell my patients to stop using the word “diet” and start making different choices without giving up anything. Studies have shown that repetitive cycles of losing then regaining weight have adverse health effects and alter our immune system. Our bodies need a variety of nutrients and giving up the things you love will only cause you to rebound and go back to them with a vengeance.

Many indulge in mindless eating or feeding emotions with little recognition of the calories consumed. People who get less than 7-8 hours of sleep per night tend to be overweight. One of my patients lost 50# in 6 months simply by eliminating bread and cokes from her daily regimen. She first ate normally while keeping a diary for one week before deciding what she could reduce without making drastic changes. I personally weigh 30 pounds less than I did 15 years ago by making healthier choices and let me tell you, it feels good. I am human though and if you see me drive thru Crispy Chicken, that is my monthly fried treat! 

People in a recent study lost twice as much weight if they kept a food diary. Download and print a food diary on the resources link at www.danniece.com. Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) online with a calculator at http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi. A healthy BMI score is between 18 and 25.
Recently a licensed nutritionist said that 3500 calories = 1 pound, so just cutting 500 calories per day you could lose one pound per week. Keep in mind in order to lose weight we must burn more calories than we consume, increase you daily activity. 

Start Small
Start by decreasing (preferably eliminating) your white, boxed, fried, and fast food options. Aim to fill half of your plate with fresh fruit and or veggies. If you eat fried or fast food daily, start by decreasing the frequency to 1-2 times per week and increase your activity. A great article for the no-diet approach, “Healthy Eating Habits”, is also linked on the resources page at www.danniece.com. Make healthier choices, eat on smaller plates. Enjoy the foods you love, just adjust the frequency and portions.

Danniece Bobeche, MSN, WHNP
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Specializing in Women’s Wellness
5525 S. Staples, Suite B1
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

Call today for immediate scheduling (361)985-0906
www.danniece.com

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