The increased obsession with being fit or worse; within societal standards of beauty has fueled the multi-million dollar industry of yo-yo diets. Many people have fallen prey to the easy and fast way of losing weight. The problem is; nothing good comes easy, these yo-yo dieters keep gaining back the weight.
Weight cycling is losing weight and regaining it repeatedly. It is called “yo-yo” dieting when it happens because of dieting.
Weight cycles can be big (50 pounds or more) or small (5-10 pounds).
Yo-yo dieting may promise quick results but these results last just a while then you gain all the weight back. The dieter has no choice but to begin yet another yo-yo diet that will lead to the same results.
To lose weight quickly by doing a diet, then regaining it by eating again as you used to, then starting all over later with another diet to lose weight, regaining weight again, losing it again, then putting on weight over and over during several years is called the yoyo effect at the origin of overweight, obesity and depression.
The yoyo effect results in a succession of weight loss followed by weight regain which are dangerous for health. This succession of good news followed by disappointments is demoralizing.
With the years passing by, people who do these diets enter a vicious circle: after each weight loss, the weight regain which follows is worse than the previous one obliging them to diet more severely than the last time.
Thus the successive diets carried out cause the people to be overweight, which in turn can lead to putting on more than 20% of one’s normal weight and for certain people obesity
The yo-yo diet has no long-term benefits as you will end up gaining more than 20%e your normal body weight. The diets fail because of the following;
Too difficult diets because they are too restrictive are risky
These bad diets do not teach how to eat normally in a balanced way
The same nutritional mistakes will be reproduced a few weeks or a few months later
The diets are so restrictive, which means that it is a huge risk being in one of these diets. The effects to your health, body, and mind are extensive; some may change the entire cause of your life due to cancerous diseases.
The regained weight is increasingly difficult to lose: the body remembers the effects of deprivation caused by the succession of diets during the years, and stores more in reserve in preparation for future diets.
The progressive development of obesity
A shortened life expectancy
A decrease of “good” cholesterol which protects from cardiovascular diseases thus increasing cardiovascular disease risks (infarction, arteritis)
Appearance of depressive disorders related to these successive failures.
The yoyos diets do not lead to a true training in good eating habits and after each diet, the bad habits take over again.
Yo-yo dieting slows down your metabolism, which can lead to low energy levels. When the body does not have the necessary calories to function, it makes adjustments. These adjustments can mean limited brain function, tiredness, fatigue and irritability.
Less Muscle, More Fat
While yo-yo dieting may initially promote fat loss, in the long term you will likely regain that fat and more. In addition, low-calorie diets lead to muscle wasting, which means once you get back to your normal eating habits, you will be left with a physique that lacks muscle and carries excess fat. Doctor Anthony Komaroff notes that this excess body fat can have negative health consequences, including the onset of chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease and Type 2 diabetes
Instead of losing weight just to gain the same weight or more within a short time due to these diets, the best solution is to take a slower, safer, and healthier option. It is better to put in the work with healthier eating and exercise for some period; it is more manageable and sustainable than a yo-yo diet.
A much healthier, safer and more permanent approach to weight loss is to slowly and consistently lose weight over a longer period. You should not attempt to lose more than 1 or 2 pounds a week. If you have already done damage to your system through yo-yo dieting, Turner notes three things you can do to help reverse this damage: consume more protein and do strength training, as they both help restore metabolism; and support your liver because it is important for fat burning. Four herbs that can promote liver health include milk thistle, dandelion root, globe artichoke and turmeric.