Now that you have read PART 1 of Ditching The Diet Mindset, onto part 2 ! Let me get you get you into the mood for this part by firstly asking you to look at the following illustrations so that you fully grasp the serious limitations of the Yo-Yo Diet. (I should like to add that with respect to the first image, the same effect is also applicable to males!) : How many times have you said or thought… “Next week I start my new diet” “My new year’s resolution (like last year and the year before) is to start a new diet” ; “I need to get back on my diet” ; “I need to find a new diet that really works” ; “I’m going to stuff myself this week because next week I start my new diet.” ? Yo-yo Dieting or Weight Cycling is defined as the repeated loss and regain of body weight. These weight cycles range from smaller losses of weight to larger gains of weight over a certain period of time. Weight cycling can be an effect of various diet techniques such as crash diets and “fast and quick” fad diets. For example, you are able to lose five pounds quickly by quitting carbohydrates altogether. However, the next week, you binge and gain the five pounds back plus an extra two. You start the process over again and this time, you gain even more. This type of dieting is damaging to your health. According to MedicineNet, studies have shown weight cycling (yo-yo dieting) to have certain health risks, including, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and gallbladder disease. They also state that this type of dieting can have a negative effect on your psychological health as well. You soon fall under the spell that what you are doing is healthy for you, although actually, it is not. The small successes feel good only to be met with larger gains that make you feel bad. Eventually, you may decide that your lifestyle with any diet is better than this horrid cycle, but that is far from the truth. The many diseases associated with obesity such as heart diseas and type 2 diabetes are well-known. However, it should be noted that those who adopt a Yo-yo diet pose a serious risks to their health as follows :
- Increased Risk Factors For Disease : The extreme calorie restriction commonly seen in yo-yo dieting increases cortisol, a stress hormone that causes negative effects on the body over prolonged periods of its presence. This includes increasing risks for developing type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
- Weight Gain : While yo-yo dieting may deliver results in the short term, over the long term most will regain the weight. Researchers at UCLA have found that dieting is not only ineffective, but can often make you gain more weight than you originally had after a small loss of usually only 5 to 10%.
- Less Muscle, More Fat : Extreme diets that restrict mass calories lead to loss of critical lean muscle mass, and once the diet is over, the dieter is left with less muscle and more fat.
- Less Energy : Yo-yo dieting is believed to actually slow metabolism, which results in low energy levels and hinders the body’s natural ability to burn calories throughout the day. When the body is deprived of the calories it needs to function, it makes adjustments that can result in fatigue, irritability and limited brain function. You try one diet only to find yourself gaining the weight back. So, you try another. That one doesn’t work either. This cycle repeats over and over until you are in the middle of a yo-yo lifestyle.
This is why it is important to change your lifestyle instead and get off the yo-yo diet merry go round.