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Why Yo-Yo Dieting Is Dangerous

By Lana Bandoim

After losing 10 pounds two years ago, the weight returned ... and doubled. The next diet helped you temporarily, but the 20 pounds came back. This is typical yo-yo dieting, and it can be dangerous. Consider the health risks and avoid drastic fluctuations in weight.

Heart Disease Risk

One study found that yo-yo dieting can increase the risk of heart disease in women. Researchers pointed out that weight cycling may lead to a higher risk of sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease. Other studies have found that women are more likely to suffer from yo-yo dieting than men.

This type of diet can be dangerous because it can affect nutrient and electrolyte levels in the body. Both of these factors can influence heart health. For example, large changes in potassium levels may increase the risk of heart arrhythmias. During a diet, quick weight loss can decrease vitamins and minerals that are necessary for health.

Muscle Loss

Yo-yo dieting can also increase muscle loss. As you lose weight, both muscle and fat can decrease in the body. Although most people will not miss the fat after it disappears, they do miss their muscles and strength. In addition, once the weight returns, it is easier for the fat to come back. Unfortunately, it takes more time to get the muscles back. This can affect your ability to exercise or handle work tasks. The loss of strength can be significant and difficult to restore.

Diabetes Risk

Several studies have found that yo-yo dieting can increase the risk of diabetes. The constant changes on the scale are a reflection of the problems inside the body. Blood sugar spikes are always dangerous, and fluctuations in weight can make them worse.

You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes with a history of yo-yo diets. One explanation for this medical problem is belly fat. Abdominal fat increases the chance of developing diabetes. In addition, losing and gaining weight all the time makes it more likely that belly fat will form. Studies show that the fat often returns after weight gain by accumulating in the abdominal area.

It is easy to fall into the trap of yo-yo dieting. However, drastic and constant weight fluctuations can be dangerous for your health. Instead of dieting and failing, find a better way to stay in shape. Focus on a healthy diet and workouts that can be maintained for years instead of weeks.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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