Yo-Yo Dieting Can Be Dangerous!

Yo-yo dieting is a very common phrase that everyone has heard of. If you’ve been trying to lose weight for a while, it’s more than likely something you’ve experienced yourself. In this article we will discus in detail the dangers of yo-yo dieting.

Krause’s Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy is responsible for labeling this harmful crisis as yo-yo dieting. In a nutshell, it basically means “losing and gaining weight several times throughout a lifetime”. Here’s an example of yo-yo dieting and how a person could experience it in their life.

You stock up on special and required foods and begin doing an interesting diet that you’ve discovered on TV or on the radio that seems too good to pass up. Your eating habits have completely changed and you’re doing the diet regularly and experience successful weight loss. Suddenly, your schedule gets distorted or you have a stressful day and the special diet foods you’re required to eat you just don’t have time to prepare. Then the overwhelming temptation to break the diet out of convenience happens.

Temptation sets in and wins the mental battle and you end u breaking your diet for the day. Another soon comes and you find yourself in a similar situation or you have an overwhelming urge to eat chocolate ice cream and you decide to take a break and satisfy your taste buds to help you deal with whatever problem you’re experiencing.

You end up cheating yourself more often you should in a single week, and before you know it, because of the emotional stress, this can easily turn into binge eating, causing it to be even harder to get back on track with the diet. Finally you give up the diet and for a period of time until you can get your thoughts and schedule together. Later down the road, you discover and trya drastic diet, which fails also, and then you repeat the process. Has anything similar like this ever happened to you?

If so, then you could be another dangerous statistic of yo-yo dieting. There is absolutely nothing funny about losing weight then regaining it and losing it again and the regaining it again. That’s because it can put you at risk for some serious health problems, including:

  • Liver problems
  • Loss of muscle
  • Lower metabolism
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Shortened life span

Find a diet that you feel absolutely comfortable with. If the thought of doing it for the next 10 years makes you nervous, then it’s not for you. If you absolutely love bread, rice and pasta, then don’t go on a low-carb diet because you will probably be unhappy for as long as you’re on that diet. A better way to do it is to take it slow little by little. Don’t instantly change all your eating habits without any experience on how things will work. Get your feet wet at first and then  easy your way into the diet. Starting a new diet involves making difficult adjustments what can take you out of your comfort zone. It also requires discipline.

Some more specific things you can do that aren’t so hard are cutting back on fatty foods. An example is if you like eating ice cream, try eating ½ the amount of ice cream you normally would. Try replacing unhealthy snacks with more healthy snacks instead of just skipping snacks. Remember that you are a human being and what will always win out is your determination and not quitting. You will make mistakes sometimes, just bounce back and try again. If you do that, you’ll eventually reap the rewards.