Is Yo-Yo Dieting Bad And Harmful?

With more than half of the current population in the US seemingly facing (or perhaps battling) obesity, the emergence of the many weight loss and dieting programs is expected. Firstly, it is estimated that more than a quarter of the current human population is under a certain diet plan, hoping to cut weight and stay fit. And given that the internet is proving to be a necessary evil where the unsuspecting can be fooled, different dieting norms gaining traction is no longer a novelty.

What is Yo-Yo dieting?

Indeed losing weight is both hectic and tiring – you try, fail and try again. But there’s a new craze called Yo-Yo dieting, although it’s thought to be causing massive problems.

As popular as the number of reviews on the web, yo-yo dieting can be defined as only ‘Weight cycling’ of losing and gaining 5lbs-10lbs per cycle. But the practice has been linked to a plethora of ills, most notably cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. The big question here is how is that even possible?

Well, it is bizarre even to mention that a popular weight loss program is more of harmful that it should be useful. Yo-yo dieting, according to some research studies, is responsible for an accumulation of a proportion of fats, especially around the waist region. The practice also inhibits metabolism and will eventually make it hard and nearly impossible to shed excess fats in the future.

The findings.

From the start, it is important to mention that nearly all the evidence of this dieting program were as a result of testing it on rodents. Studies on ‘likely-to-be-obese’ rats showed that the reintroduction of foods after the end of the first cycle triggered a rapid accumulation of fats. The results, however, are influenced by the type and nature of rats used.

And that’s why it seems not perfect for humans. Amongst us, there are mixed results with some results pointing at women being more prone to gaining more weight than men around their waistline, unlike men. Most important to note, research on 439 postmenopausal women, with over a quarter of them being passionate cyclists, showed that yo-yo dieters were not at any issue when trying to shed excess weight.

From a group comprising: dieting only, exercising only and dieting while exercising, those who exhibited impressive results were those who cycle while dieting. Those who were at a massive loss where those who were doing no exercises at all. But meanwhile, a particular review revealed that Yo-yo dieters (both humans and rodents) had no evidence that cycling would cause diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

The only solution.

So, it blatantly means that yo-yo dieting does well amongst humans than rodents, although it is not the best form of dieting for someone hoping to stay fit. David Allison is a biostatistician at the University of Alabama, and he believes that slimmers (slim people) live longer than fat and obese, which is entirely correct. His sentiments are further echoed by renowned dieticians including Anna Daniels who belongs to the British Dietetic Association who also stands against the belief that restrictive dieting is extremely hard to sustain.

Sure, dieting is a way of shedding excess weight and staying fit. But when it is unhealthy and harms the body’s normal processes, one is bound to find a better way of getting rid of the fats. Remember, there’s no perfect dieting plan of losing weight and all programs suit people differently. So, if you are unhappy with your current weight and Yo-yo dieting isn’t your thing, get out and find a better one.

Do you know anybody trying out yoyo dieting? Has it worked so far? Let’s get talking.


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