I came up with the concept of YOLO Dieting after thinking about my history of dieting, weight loss and weight gain. Most people who diet and are trying to lose weight look for short-term solutions. We look for a quick fix. Something that we can do in a few days. People search online for “2 day diets” or even “1 day diets”. As if eating nothing but fruit juice or lemon water for a day could cure a decade of poor eating habits.
We become desperate. Maybe we’ll find a promising diet and starve ourselves for a weekend in a desperate attempt to lose weight. We always wait until too late.
“I have four months until John’s wedding. I know I can knock off 15 pounds by then. I’ve done it before!”
Sure enough, the wedding comes and we haven’t lost even a pound of that weight we promised ourselves we would lose. We go shopping for a dress to wear and nothing looks good. Everything fits too tight and the dresses in our size are suitable for a woman in her late 60s, not her mid-twenties. We go to the wedding but compare ourselves to the girls our age who are dolled up in tight pink or pale blue dresses, looking carelessly angelic, as if the dress was made just for them. The same dresses that made us look like a bloated octopus.
The dieting game continues. Maybe at one point we do lose weight, and lose a lot. At one point in my life, I had lost 60 pounds. And I looked incredible. I really did. The funny thing is – at the time, I wasn’t happy with my weight even then – I was desperate to lose more. “If only I could lose 10 more pounds” – the never satisfied, never enough mentality.
And then I gained it back, three months later when I went through a traumatic break-up. I coped with McDonald’s fast food, chocolate and beer. The triple threat that gained over 30 pounds in under three months. A wild feat that I managed to complete. Up and down my weight has gone for years. Yo-yo dieting has ruined my metabolism. I can gain 10 pounds in a week if I eat junk food on vacation. I decided something needed to change.
I went through my twenties following this pattern. I was at my highest weight ever of 225 pounds when I was 19 years old. I lost 60 pounds by the time I turned 21 and was at a svelte 169 pounds with my 5’10” frame. I looked amazing. I was slim but muscular, I felt great. But after that, my weight went up and down, and eventually reached 220 pounds when I turned 27 years old. At this point, it hit me that I would soon turn 30. And would never have been able to wear a bikini on the beach in all of my twenties. I wouldn’t be able to wear sexy tight dresses and dance like a hooligan feeling incredible at night clubs across the world. Hitting on attractive men and having them ogle me like a blonde goddess. Silly, i know. But these are the things that keep me up at night. What if I would be fat my entire life? I thought I promised myself that I would lose weight before I turned 25 – why am I 28 and still fat?
Enough was enough. And that is why I started YOLO dieting – to mark my journey losing weight. To finally get back to 169 pounds and for good this time – because in the end, I have no time for yo-yo dieting. You only live once, and I’ll only have one more chance to be fit in my twenties.
Wish me luck. 🙂