Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting
A huge fan of lifestyle channels and blogs? Then you have probably seen or read about celebrities or endorsers promoting different dieting techniques (e.g. Keto, vegan, paleo…or in other words, yo yo diets). The market for this sector is pretty enticing as data shows that Americans spend $40 billion a year for diet and other related commodities.
Fad diet regimens are advertised extensively, but little do people know that they’re doing more harm than bringing more benefits to their bodies.
While many consumers are attracted to go on a diet, it’s a poignant truth that in most cases, dieting rarely works. You may lose weight at one point in time, but did you know that as many as 95 percent of dieters tend to regain the weight they’ve lost and worse, gain more in just a span of one year?
In this article, we will discuss yo yo dieting in particular, and why you should quit practicing it right now.
What is Yo-Yo Dieting
Also known as weight cycling, yo-yo dieting or yo-yo effect refers to the cyclical loss and gain of weight. A term coined by clinical psychologist Kelly Brownell, this practice gained its namesake as it resembles the up-and-down movement of the toy yo-yo.
People who are on a yo-yo diet intentionally restrict their food intake for a certain period then go back to their old eating habit after shedding off some weight. People who practice yo-yo dieting tend to fall more into the obese category. Studies show that 30 percent of women and 10 percent of men in the U.S. have tried out this diet.
Reasons to Quit the Yo-Yo Diet
There are several hard-to-ignore reasons why many nutritionists do not recommend yo-yo dieting. Here are five of them.
Weight gain and increased body fat percentage
During the “down phase” of yo-yo dieting, your body will lose fat that in turn will lead to a decrease in your leptin levels. This is the hormone responsible for making you feel full and satiated. Once the amount of this hormone decreases, your appetite will shoot up, causing you to crave for food. When you’re on the “up phase” of your diet, you’d typically end up gaining more weight than what you’ve lost.
In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, this type of dieting also leads to a higher body percentage, especially those stored in your belly.
After a weight loss, your body will tend to regain the fat and muscle it has lost. However, it is easier for your body to regain fat than muscle. This muscle loss will further lead to a significant reduction in your physical strength.
Fatty liver and increased risk of diabetes
You have a fatty liver when your liver cells store too much fat. This hinders the way this body organ optimally functions (e.g. Fat and sugar metabolization). Apart from an increased risk of cirrhosis or chronic liver failure, you will also have a high chance of developing Type II diabetes.
Increased risk of a cardiovascular disease
In a landmark study co-researched by Brownell and Judith Rodin where they talked about the medical and psychological effects of yo-yo dieting, this regimen was found to be linked with coronary artery disease. It is a condition where the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed. This increases the risk of you developing cardiovascular diseases.
During weight cycling, scientists have also discovered that losing weight is associated with lesser improvements in blood pressure.
Sense of frustration
The effects of yo-yo dieting go beyond the physiological. In the same report by Brownell and Rodin, adults who have gone on a yo-yo diet have further displayed feelings of dissatisfaction with their lives and overall health condition.
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