Risks of yo-yo dieting and how a weight loss clinic can help you keep the weight off
Dieting is the most common way for people to try to lose weight. Unfortunately, conventional diets are one of the least effective methods of achieving long-term weight loss. A 2007 dieting study from the University of California Los Angeles found that although people who diet typically lose 5 to 10% of their body weight within six months, few maintain their goal weight. In their analysis of 31 long-term studies about weight loss, the researchers found that within five years, at least one-third to two-thirds of people regain more weight than they originally lost. This leads to a cycle of dieting, weight loss, regaining the lost weight, and trying another diet again. So-called “yo-yo dieting,” also known as “weight cycling,” can have negative long-term ramifications for your health.
Weight loss is a challenge for just about everyone, and for those few who don’t have a problem staying trim, usually their trouble runs in the other direction. But it stands to reason that so many would struggle to be slimmer because our bodies are optimized to live in conditions of scarcity- so our systems are geared towards driving us to seek out high-calorie foods, even when we aren’t hungry. Today, we are rarely exposed to scarcity in western society. But the urge to constantly seek food, even when we don’t need it, is still with us. The unsurprising result is that we have trouble staying trim. So the cards are stacked against us, and unfortunately, a great deal of myths and misconceptions about weight loss have cropped up over the years, and the fad diets are full of them. If you are running under the impression that any of the following misconceptions are true, you can easily pack on the pounds and not understand why.