A new year is almost here! Out with the old, in with the new! Resolutions are synonymous with a new year where we pledge to be different, have positive outcomes this time next year, and yes to look differently by way of dieting. Advertisements on diets flood the airwaves – radio and tv as well as print all designed to guilt the consumer into not being pleased with how they look and to rely on their product in order to lose weight.
We resolve to lose weight year after year; sometimes we follow through other times we fail. Because of our inconsistencies we oftentimes fall victim to yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting is changing our eating habits, lose weight, then gain, lose weight, then gain, lose weight, then gain . . . and on and on; this is an unhealthy practice. Watching the Nutty Professor, Professor Klump, through chemical research, found an alternative to dieting. To make a long story short, the film took him through a journey of yo-yo dieting via a chemical potion. At the end, the character had a mental breakdown with the struggle of being heavy or resorting to his alter ego, the thinner self. When an individual yo-yo diets, as in the case of Professor Klump, there are physical issues that arise as well as mental. According to Rica Lewis in an article in Livestrong she explains that yo-yo dieting causes a decrease in the body’s immune system. This is not good when you consider the recent increase in strange viruses being past from person to person. A decreased immune system can lead to frequent illnesses and increased susceptibility to disease, often debilitating the individual or alternate change in lifestyle.
Losing weight often brings personal satisfaction and confidence. Achieving such a coveted goal is an arduous task, and one that other people see and admire. For the yo-yo dieter who finds he has gained weight again, the feelings of confidence and personal satisfaction can easily turn to self-loathing and depression. Extreme dieters are also prone to binge eating, as they struggle to conform to their strict diet standards.” www.livestrong.com Over half of women diet at some time or another and is at a higher percentage for teen girls. Unfortunately, regular dieting does result in overeating and excessive weight gain; potentially leading to eating disorders.
“Arthritis Today” explains that when women yo-yo diet, those with arthritis have a higher level of fat than muscle. “ According to Jon T. Giles, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, people with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, tend to already have a higher percentage of fat in relation to muscle. “Chronic inflammation causes muscle loss in those patients,” he says. “And since they’re already starting out with low muscle mass, they should emphasize maintaining that muscle during weight loss even more.” www.arthritistoday.org
To avoid excessive dieting, yo-yo dieting, find a regimen of a healthy diet with your physician and maintain it. Do not rely on “dieting” as a way of life but rather eat to be and stay healthy and as always exercise and educate yourself to a healthier you.