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Today, I am going to write about a topic that I have been very passionate about for years…that being the effects that Yo-Yo dieting can potentially have upon your body.
For many years, I have always thought that this very common behavior was damaging to human metabolism with one of the many ultimate effects being enhanced body fat storage and limited utilization of stored body fat for fuel. Not too mention the effects upon hunger, hormonal secretion, thermogenesis and muscle metabolism.
More recently, new published research has also shown the potential dangers of this very bad habit. The process of rapidly losing large amounts of body weight followed by the addition of large increases in body weight have been recently shown to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
This new research published by The American Heart Association has indicated that older women of normal weight are much more susceptible to the the rather deadly consequences associated with Yo-Yo dieting.
The study followed 158,063 post-menopausal women for 11 years and grouped them into 4 categories, stable weight, steady weight-gain, weight-cycling and weight-loss maintained.
The results of this study indicated that those woman who were of normal weight at the beginning of the study but who had lost and gained-back their weight were 3.5 times more likely of experiencing cardiac death compared with women who maintained their weight in a stable pattern.
In contrast, women who were obese but cycled their weight loss verses gain, those women who gained weight and never lost it and women who lost weight and maintained it did not experience the same increases in risk.
Although this study does not prove beyond a reasonable amount of doubt that Yo-Yo dieting causes sudden cardiac failure, the associated risk is there. If you look at people who are of normal weight range and have diet-cycled many times, these folks can develop dangerous cardiac arrhythmias. This can be a very important cause for sudden cardiac death.
If you are one of the millions of people out there who are trying or are contemplating a weight-loss program…please consult a professional who can give you some reasonable advice regarding the safest and most effecting ways to get the results you deserve.
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project.