Weight cycling, is the frequent or periodic loss
and regain of body weight. When the weight cycling is the result of dieting, it
is often called 'yo-yo' dieting, which could potentially have some serious
Scientists have warned
older females that yo-yo dieting would do more harm to them than good.
A recent study has
revealed that women aged who are 50 years and older increased their
susceptibility of having heart ailments, while trying to lose their weight.
Scientists from Wake
Forest University in North Carolina said that among such women type 2 diabetes
and heart ailments were quite frequent.
Risk factors such as
bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure and blood sugar levels
improvised with weight loss, but with regained weight they soon reverted back
to their previous levels.
Prof. Daniel Beavers
said, "In this group of women, weight loss and maintaining that loss offers the
most health benefit, but therein lies the problem."
He further added,
"For most people, weight regain after intentional weight loss is an
For study purposes the
researchers enrolled more than 100 overweight women and studied the volunteers
for about 5 months. The study was published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
In the first five
month of the study, healthy food and active exercise were advised to the
volunteers to encourage weight loss. On an average they lost 25 lbs.
They were followed up
after one year and it was noticed that nearly two-thirds of the females had
regained four pounds and averagely the volunteers acquired 70 percent of their
Prof. Beavers, the
study co-author mentioned, "For women who had regained weight in the year
after their weight loss, several risk factors were actually worse than before
they lost the weight."
The researchers were
of the opinion that the study highlighted the significance of adopting
effective and long-term strategies of losing weight and maintaining the lost
Samantha Heller, an
exercise physiologist and clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for
Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn said that the study also tells
us why we should refrain from fad diets and similar diet programs, pill and
potions claiming to expedite weight loss.
mentioned, "The roller coaster of weight loss and regain is deleterious
both physically and psychologically."
Say no to yo-yo dieting, for the last thing you
want after working so hard to lose weight is to put it back on within a short
period of time. Take control of your life and try to lose weight the healthy
way, with a balanced diet and regular daily exercise and maintain it for life!