Photo: Yuriy Maksymiv / Shutterstock  It's a scenario many women can relate to: you lose weight and regain it six months later. Although they lose the pounds again, but return again … and the cycle goes on Routine is the definition of yo-yo diets, and as a new study shows, the term is not just for people with yo-yo drastic Weight Shares Reserved (Related: Yo-yo diets are real – and they destroy your waistline.))
Preliminary research, presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Conference this week, has shown that women, who are taking a yo-yo diet of only 1
In the study, researchers are investigating Columbia University focused on 485 women and asked them how often they were in lost at least 10 pounds a year. The mean age of the subjects was 37 years and the average BMI was 26. (A woman with a BMI of 25 or higher is considered overweight.)
Unsurprisingly, researchers found that yo-yo diets were very common ; 73 percent of respondents said they lost and regained at least 10 pounds at least once, and some made up to 20 times over the course of their life. The scary part: Women with a yo-yo dieting history scored lower on an AHA measure entitled "Life's Simple 7". These are seven heart-protecting lifestyle markers that the AHA has identified as important for cardiovascular health: "eat better," "get active," "lose weight," "stop smoking," "reduce blood sugar," "Control cholesterol". and "manage blood pressure". (Associated: A restrictive diet can shorten your life, so that's bad news for keto dieters)
The more women who made a yo-yo diet, the worse they did the AHA.
"Achieving a healthy goal." Weight is generally recommended as a healthy heart, but maintaining weight loss is difficult, and weight fluctuations can make it difficult to achieve ideal cardiovascular health, "said Brooke Aggarwal, lead author of the study, in a press release. More and more young women suffer from myocardial infarction, which may be the reason))
The yo-yo dieticians were also 82 percent less likely to have a BMI in the healthy range, which makes sense because research shows that People usually lose weight quickly to regain it slowly. "A 2015 study in Obesity Reviews found that" weight gain in general is the norm. "In fact, up to two-thirds of the lost pounds within a year, and almost all pounds fall within five years, the 2015 study found.  The authors of the latest study made it clear that their research found a link between the yo-yo diet and risk factors for heart disease, and longer-term research is needed.
This is not the first time that studies have shown that getting up and down can damage a person's health. In a study from 2018, weight fluctuations were associated with an increased risk of death (although it was not associated with heart disease). On the other hand, a 2014 research study from 20 previous studies found that the weight cycle did not have a negative impact on health.
What's the takeaway if you're a yo-yo dieter? You might want to consider the role of diets in all of this. Most plans that promise a quick weight loss of more than a pound a week are almost guaranteed to fail – because even if you lose weight, the diet itself is difficult to maintain. In addition, many plans do not provide information and tools to reduce weight. Finally the pounds crawl again. (Related: Heart Attacks Every Woman Should Know)
A better way to lose weight is to eat with your health. In other words: diet not; Instead, load nutritious whole foods (such as lean protein, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains) and stay active – and let your body lose weight at a slow, even, sustained pace.
This story originally appeared on Health.com by Jessica Magala.