Yo-Yo dieting, also known as weight cycling, is the cyclical dramatic loss and gain of weight in a short period of time. Of course, we’ve all been there; it usually goes something like this: a major event is marked on the calendar. The pressure to look thin and fit is on. There is hardly any time to get in shape. For fear of looking and feeling fat, you start a crash diet. Sound familiar? With New Year Resolutions just around the corner, here’s how you can lose the weight and keep it off. For real this time.
Slow and Steady
Ultimately, we live in an instantaneous culture. So why shouldn’t we be able to lose weight fast too? Crash dieting may be tempting. In fact, anyone who has tried a crash diet knows that they do work; even if the weight eventually comes back. However, new studies have proven to show that gaining back the weight and then some isn’t the only negative to crash dieting. The phrase, ‘slow and steady wins the race’ is more than just a line from a silly children’s book; it could potentially save your life.
Recently, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which aimed to investigate the harmful, long-term effects yo-yo dieting had. The participants were made up of 9,509 men and women between the ages of 35 and 75. The individuals had all been diagnosed with coronary heart disease and high cholesterol. Each participant was prescribed different dosages of cholesterol medicine throughout the duration of the study.