Yo Yo Dieting: Why it Doesn't Work, How it Can Hurt You
You lose the weight only to gain it back. You jump from diet to diet, hoping one will be the miracle to get you into a size 4.
You are a yo-yo dieter.
“Quick fix weight loss programs are tempting because everyone wants to see results fast,” said CHI Health Family Medicine Physician Monica Schmidt, DO. “But rarely do they lead to long term results—both in your health or your weight.”
- People lose weight quickly by changing habits that can’t be sustained, according to Dr. Schmidt. “Once they return to their pre-diet habits (which is almost always the case), they gain the weight back.” The body was used to being “without;” once restricted foods or calories were added, the body was still used to being deprived and the pounds – plus a few more -- came back.
- Recent studies suggest postmenopausal women who yo-yo diet are at higher risk for cardiac arrest, said Dr. Schmidt. “In addition, yo-yo dieting often can affect the balance of electrolytes in the body, which can have effects on the heart as well.” Younger women and adolescents can damage their hearts if they develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.
“There is no magic pill or diet to lose weight fast,” she said. “People tend to have the most success when they have support, keep track of their intake and eat foods in moderation.” So while being overweight can hurt your health, yo-yo dieting “has its own harmful results.”