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November, 2018 (Vol. 12, Issue 23)
Say No to Yo-Yo Dieting

By Editorial Staff

Someone who yo-yo diets or "weight cycles" loses weight, gains it back, loses it again and so on. It's an endless cycle that can have a variety of health consequences, from emotional to physical, and it's a serious topic because as you've probably figured out by now, too many people who struggle to lose weight end up yo-yo dieting. In fact, you may be one of them.

Here's a big reason why yo-yo dieting is a health problem: It can put your heart at risk. People who yo-yo diet are more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke compared to people who maintain a stable weight. In fact, yo-yo dieters are 40 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, and more than twice as likely to die, compared to people who don't weight cycle. The increased risk attributable to yo-yo dieting is associated with fluctuations in not only weight, but also weight-related heart health factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

weight loss - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Think yo-yo dieting is only a problem if you're losing (and regaining, and then losing, etc.) large amounts of weight? Not so fast. Even small amounts of weight loss / regain can be problematic. So, what can you do to avoid yo-yo dieting? Here are a few statistics from WebMD regarding people who've lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for a minimum of one year:

  • 78 percent eat breakfast on a daily basis.
  • 75 percent weigh themselves at least once a week.
  • 62 percent watch fewer than 10 hours of TV per week.
  • 90 percent exercise approximately one hour a day.

Now those are statistics with some weight behind them. The study on yo-yo dieting and heart health appeared in the American Heart Association journal Circulation; your doctor can tell you more about the study findings and how you can lose weight safely, effectively and permanently.

A Message from Dr. Fred F. Bruno

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Dr. Bruno graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1987. Upon passing the Maryland State Board Exam and receiving his Chiropractic license with Physical Therapy privileges, he moved to Maryland in 1988.

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