It is harder to keep your lost pounds off with Yo-Yo dieting. What happens is Yo-Yo dieting tends to alter your body physiology. It is sort of like a light switched on and off. The body can overprotect itself as your metabolism tends to react in a rescue mode putting the lost weight and more back on.
Yes in actually the statistics are sad. Some studies found that more than 70 percent of people who have lost weight regain all of it, or more, after two years. After 31 long-term diet studies it was found that about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost. These Results are from University of California at Los Angeles.
Yo-Yo dieting is definitely a physical stress to the body but in addition there is the ever present emotional cost. The real problem is that gain/loss/gain "weight cycling" introduces increased life threaten conditions to contend with. So the extra weight poses a high rate of health risk for diseases like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol etc. along with your emotional depression.
Weight scale fluctuations that occur and are small are considered normal. The problem to avoid is "weight cycling". Weight cycling is identified as more than 10 pounds increase or decrease pattern that develops multiple times. Weight cycling is often the result of a diet that's too restrictive. One study found that people who followed a very low-calorie diet regained significantly more weight than those on a more forgiving plan. That is the world we live in - people want and expect instant gratification.
Everyone wants quick results in a culture of instant gratification to lose weight on diets with too few calories. When you lose weight on 1,200 calories a day, the moment you move up to 1,300 is the time you start gaining weight. Even on a sensible diet, your body loses those pounds very reluctantly because of the body's metabolic overcompensation for weight loss. The more diets that you have been on, the harder it becomes for the body to lose the weight. What occurs is the fullness hormone called leptin decreases, so you feel hungrier and less satiated. Then in turn the hunger hormone called ghrelin increases.
Now there's compelling research to show that some people may be hardwired to yo-yo dieting.
The brains of conditioned hyper eaters were excessively activated simply by the smell of food. Therefore the brain activity stayed that way until those people finished eating whatever was on the plate in front of them. It's bad enough that your body fights you when you try to lose weight.
So as a result when you have overactive brain neural circuitry, then resisting temptation is not willpower alone.
Evidence shows, however, that this over eating reaction is also a learned conditioning however you can rewire your brain so to speak. Studies have shown that the desire to yo-yo diet is not just physical but emotions also play a huge role. Another study illustrated that dieters who ate in response to emotions such as loneliness or stress related issues were more likely to regain weight.
This society overweight situation can be avoided with Acai which is natural and works with the normal functions of your precious God given body.
To your weight loss success, health, and happiness,
John Schmidt - Weight Loss Nutritionist Coach