Sunday, November 11, 2012

REAL-LIFE LESSON-Yo-yo Dieting

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Situation: I’m a forty-six-year-old woman and am about 50 pounds overweight. I know that being obese is not good for my health. I have spent the past fifteen years on and off diets, trying to lose weight. I’ve lost the 50 pounds at least three times, but I cant do what it takes to keep it off. My husband says that my yo-yo pattern of losing and gaining weight has to be worse for my health than just staying where I am. Is that true?

   Strategies: Although a yo-yo pattern of weight loss and regain is not        recommended by anyone, it is a myth that it is better to remain overweight than to lose weight and regain it. Why? The health improvements observed with weight loss come quickly; they include lower blood pressure, an improved lipid profile, and an improvement in the way the body handles sugar. As long as you are losing weight and weigh less than you did when you started dieting, those improvements are sustained. No weight loss means no health improvements. That does not mean, however, that the pattern of weight loss and regain is a good thing—especially for your psycho- logical well-being. Rather than working to take off all the excess weight, you might want to try setting
your weight-loss goal a little lower. Why not set a goal of losing 25 pounds and choose a weight-loss method with a track record of being sustainable? With that amount of weight loss, you will see health improvements. Then, by focusing on keeping the 25 pounds off for a period of time—6 months is what some experts recommend—you  will be in a better position to decide whether you want to stay where you are or lose a bit more.
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