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THE HEALTH RISKS OF YO-YO DIETING

Claire Sanders

Posted on March 15 2017

THE HEALTH RISKS OF YO-YO DIETING


Yo-yo dieting, or weight cycling, is the tumultuous cycle of losing and regaining weight that afflicts millions of dieters. Apart from the emotional turmoil of reaching your weight-loss goals only to watch the scale rise once again, yo-yo dieting sets you up for some pretty serious health conditions. Studies show that weight cycling can increase your risk for:

  • cancer, 
  • diabetes, 
  • heart disease, 
  • arterial damage, 
  • muscle wasting and obesity.


Strict diets that severely cut calories leave dieters prey to yo-yo dieting. When calories are drastically limited, levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) increase. Too much cortisol over time can raise your risk for chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer, particularly among dieters that weight cycle more than 5 times in their lives.
Yo-yo dieting also slows down your metabolism and fatigues energy, especially when you aren’t feeding your body enough fuel. Brain function declines, and fatigue and irritability increase.


A new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Science Sessions 2016 shows that weight cycling MAY INCREASE the risk of death from heart disease!!


LOSING WEIGHT THE HEALTHY WAY!!!!
SLOW IS BETTER - WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT LOSS!!
- It is recommend aiming for a 1-2 lbs weight loss each week until you reach your target goal.


Yo-yo dieting becomes challenging when expectations are too high and diets are too strict. It’s impossible to stick with a diet that has you practicing pain and deprivation. No one can sustain that long term! Pick a program that is flexible and allows you to easily flow with the adjustments. Don’t expect to lose all the weight too quickly…or even all the weight at all! With weight-loss comes the inevitable plateau. At that point, readjust your weight-loss strategy. Shake things up with a new nutrition program or workout. And allow yourself some slipups. They are inevitable, and don’t have to be the start of a downhill slide!!!

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