Did you know over 25% of men and 27% of women are trying to lose weight today? What’s more, while there are multiple healthy ways of losing weight, such as exercising, various surveys show that restrictive dieting is one of the most common ways adopted by people trying to lose weight. Yes, the famous unhealthy pattern of dieting known as yo-yo dieting.
Unfortunately, yo-yo dieting is one of the main reasons most of us struggle with weight gain issues. Even worse, this form of dieting is borne from the confusion between calorie restriction and healthy eating –not knowing the difference between eating low carb foods and cutting out on fast foods and junk.
In this piece, we will look at what yo-yo dieting is and how you can stop it. Read on for more.
Yo-yo dieting, also known as weight cycling, is the repeated weight loss-weight gain-weight loss cycle resulting from dieting. This dieting pattern causes your weight to go up and down over a small timeframe leading to weight issues such as obesity.
So how do you find yourself in this weight cycle?
Well, human beings are creatures of habit. Take, for instance, someone trying to lose weight who takes up dieting because they need to fit into their wedding dress in a couple of months. Chances are once their wedding is over, they’ll revert to their original eating habits; hence resulting in more weight gain.
There’s no single cause for yo-yo dieting; however, we can outline the process of the yo-yo effect using the following points;
This preferential catch-up fat process is stimulated by higher insulin levels than glucose levels in your blood. Additionally, satiety signals during the yo-yo dieting activate a rest state that hastens the regaining of adipose tissue. The overall effect is a regain in body weight and hence the yo-yo effect.
Now that we know what makes up the yo-yo effect, here are two ways that exercising consistently can help you stop yo-yo dieting for good.
Yo-yo dieting might seem to work at first, but that is just how it fools most people into attempting it over and over again. The best fitness decision you can make is to stay away from restrictive dieting but instead, eat healthily and start exercising.
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