What are the Health Risks of Yo-Yo Dieting and How Does Chronic Dieting Affect You?
How does chronic dieting affect you and what are the health risks of yo-yo dieting? Have you given this question any thought?
When dieting becomes part of who you are, you’ll find yourself caught up in yo-yo dieting. Some people think yo-yo dieting is what happens when someone loses a lot of weight, gains it back and then loses it again. Yo-yo dieting is actually repeatedly losing weight regardless of the amount. If you lose five pounds, gain it back, then lose it again, that’s yo-yo dieting. Any amount that’s lost and regained repeatedly qualifies as yo-yo dieting.
You might think that the benefits of losing weight are what count regardless of whether or not you gain it back, but, yo-yo dieting takes a toll on your body.
When you engage in this kind of chronic dieting behavior, your body will start to fight back. It does this as part of its survival mechanism. When you lose and regain repeatedly, your body gets the wrong signals and thinks it’s starving. It launches into survival mode and tries to fight against starvation.
Your body will hold on tight to the weight you’re trying to lose which makes it more difficult for you to be able to lose any of that weight. In the future, you might start losing less every time you try to diet because your body is working against you.
This can start to rack up the extra pounds and cause you to become heavier than you were before you ever started the diet. Many people who end up finding themselves classified as obese end up that way because they engage in a state of constant dieting where they deprive themselves and then subsequently overeat.
In addition, yo-yo dieting can lower the amount of good cholesterol you have in your body and can raise your risk of having a heart attack or developing heart related disease.
When you focus your life around diets that have a yo-yo effect, it can take a toll on your emotions as well. You’ll feel happy and excited every time you lose the weight and then sad and disappointed in yourself every time you see a weight gain. This can end up leading you to experience depression especially if you’re around other people who have dieted, achieved their weight loss goals and have been successful in keeping the weight off long term.
Yo-yo diets take such a toll on your health that when taken to the extreme, they can actually take years off your life.
You have the power to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting so that it stops being part of who you are. When you want to lose weight, don’t think you need a quick or big change. Instead, make small changes that you can incorporate into your life and your eating habits over time.
Understand that you will have days when you’ll feel like you blew it with the way that you ate. Just remember that if you eat healthy food, watch your portions and exercise, you’ll lose weight without having to rely on one diet after another.
You can actually retire from being a chronic dieter. More to come on that; stay tuned!
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC