If you’ve decided your New Year's Resolution is to lose weight, don’t fall into the yo-yo dieting trap.

NAPHL Accredited Practising Dietitian Kirby Sorenson provides us with the low down on why yo-yo dieting is bad for you and how to avoid it.

Kirby says while it can be tempting to severely restrict your food when you’re feeling motivated to lose weight, it can create a cycle of restricting and binging.

“Fad diets severely restrict your food choices and can cause your body to not function at its best capacity as it is not getting all the energy and nutrients it needs,” she said.

“It is also not sustainable because you’ll feel deprived and your desire for the food you have restricted will increase.

“Being too restrictive can make it hard to maintain a healthy weight because it can encourage binge and overeating while also causing a negative relationship with food.”

Kirby says the key to break the yo-yo diet cycle is to eat for health instead of weight loss.

“Make choices that nourish your body, taste good and make you feel well and remember that your diet doesn’t need to be perfect because it’s what you eat consistently that matters,” she said.

“Make peace with food and don’t label foods as bad as that suggests they are forbidden.

“Find ways to deal with emotions without using food.”

If you want to lose weight sustainably, an Accredited Practising Dietitian can help. Our NAPHL Health Hub has dietitians to help you overhaul your diet, Accredited Exercise Physiologists to help you get started with exercising and mental health clinicians to help you improve your relationship with food.