Diets can be harmful.

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Posted: 09 Aug 2017, 15:10
It’s true that some people who diet may lose weight in the short term but most of them – at least 95% – will regain any weight lost and more, as the body naturally tries to regulate itself from restrictive eating. By repeating the claims of the media and diet industry, and perhaps without realizing it, you are influencing other people to keep trying to change their body shape and size. Yo-yo dieting may actually be more harmful to someone’s health than if they stayed at their natural weight, even if their natural weight is high. The weight loss/weight gain cycle has been associated with increased risk for high blood pressure and other conditions. What dieting can lead to is a preoccupation with food and weight, body related anxiety and dissatisfaction, and eating disorders.

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Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 13:18
Just some material I grabbed off the web when your post got me a little curious...

Yo-yo dieting... is a term coined by Kelly D. Brownell at Yale University, in reference to the cyclical loss and gain of weight, resembling the up-down motion of a yo-yo. (Wikipedia)

Is it bad for you? That's not clear. (webMD)

Repeated dieting can make it more difficult for you to lose weight over time, but not for the reasons you may think... There’s also no convincing evidence that yo-yo dieting causes your metabolic rate to take a permanent nosedive. (

According to the National Institutes of Health, myths that tie weight cycling to greater regain at the waist or to increased difficulties in future weight loss attempts are unfounded. Research does not support dieting history influencing waistline fat and difficulty losing weight, which both tend to increase with age. Neither does research offer much support to the fear that weight cycling increases a person’s tendency to regain weight. (; e.g. Guest contributor: Karen Collins, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.)

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Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 20:35
Thank you, 184!
The hard part of weight cycling for me is the emotional and social aspect, and feeling like it's completely unpredictable. Oh, and having limited range of motion when I clearly remember being fairly flexible and strong. My metabolism seems to be just fine.
All of my immediate (parents, grands) ancestors yo-yo'd quite a bit until middle age, when they lost weight and kept it off. So there's hope.

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Posted: 22 Aug 2017, 08:22
First of all, it is so important that we shouldn't get fat in the first place but life happens right. Food will never, ever, ever make your problems go away. After you eat badly, and I'm not talking about the occasional spurge or treat, but after a binge you feel awful. After gaining and losing, gaining and losing over and over again,it's bad for your metabolism and the body. I've been there soooo many times. Trust me it is bad for you emotionally and physically!! Your "diet" is a way of eating and I had to face it, YOU CAN'T EAT WHAT YOU WANT WHENEVER YOU WANT AND YOU CAN'T OUT EXERCISE A BAD DIET. I have the occasional fries but can I have them everyday and expect to lose weight? Of course not. You have to have a healthy, balanced diet each and every day. It's like hygiene you can't get away with not brushing your teeth daily. Also, what I've learned is that this fast weight loss stuff doesn't work. You are only going to lose 1-2.5 lbs of fat each week period!! Not only is that healthy, you can sustain that rate without going crazy for months on end and have one treat a week, not all day eating treat but just ONE treat a week. Healthy eating isn't an occasional thing it is each and every day.

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