February 23, 2017
By Brenda Briscoe, LMT
By some estimates, more than 80 percent of people who lose weight, regain all of it back in about two years, with many packing on even more pounds, known as the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle. Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and found that about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost.
While small fluctuations on the scale are normal, the unhealthy behavior that experts refer to as weight cycling, is not. Cycling is defined as a significant increase or decrease of body weight (generally 10 pounds or more) that occurs multiple times. Researchers believe a yo-yo pattern is often the result of a diet that’s too restrictive, and a study reported in the journal Obesity backs that up. It found that, people who follow a very low-calorie diet, regained significantly more weight than those on a more forgiving plan.
Balance is the key, as well as getting enough calories to support your metabolism. . . .Read the rest of the article by clicking on the image below: