You may have experienced a ‘yo-yo diet’ where you managed to lose weight, uh, not long to go up again and try to diet again. This cycle if it continues it is not good for health.
There are many reasons why this yoyo diet or also known as ‘weight cycling’ is not good for you. Quoted from Health Line, the following are some of them.
1. The yoyo diet increases appetite
During the diet, wasted fat leads to an increase in the leptin hormone which normally helps you feel full. When under normal conditions, your body releases leptin into the bloodstream so that the body conveys a signal that enough energy in the body or no need to eat again.
In addition, loss of muscle mass during a diet causes the body to save energy. When most people use a short-term diet to lose weight, they will get 30-65% of their lost body weight in one year.
In addition, one in three dieters ends up heavier than before the diet. Ouch.
2. A higher percentage of body fat
In several studies, yoyo diets have caused an increase in body fat percentage.
During the weight gain phase of the yo-yo diet, fat is retained more easily than muscle mass. This can cause the percentage of body fat to increase during several yo-yo cycles.
3. Be careful, muscle mass decreases
During a weight loss diet, the body loses muscle mass and fat. Because fat is found to be easier than muscle after weight loss, this can cause more muscle loss over time.
Muscle loss during a diet causes a decrease in physical strength. This effect can be reduced by exercise, including strength training. Exercising signals the body to grow muscles, even when the whole body is slimming down.
During weight loss, the body’s protein needs also increase. Eating a good source of quality protein can help reduce muscle loss. One study showed that when 114 adults took protein supplements when they lost weight, they lost less muscle mass.
4. Increased body weight leads to fatty liver
Fatty liver is when the body stores excess fat in liver cells. Obesity is a risk factor for developing fatty liver or fatty liver.
This condition is associated with changes in the way the liver metabolizes fat and sugar, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Sometimes it can also cause chronic liver failure, also known as cirrhosis.
A study in mice showed that several cycles of increase and decrease in body weight caused fatty liver. Other mouse studies show that fatty liver causes liver damage in weight cycling mice.
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