How Yo-Yo Dieting Can Be Worse Than Obesity

More research is coming out to show that dieting, in general, is harmful to your body (and your mind) and that it most likely isn’t making you healthier in most situations. However, yo-yo dieting, where you are always back and forth between being on and off a diet, can be even worse for you.

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How Yo-Yo Dieting Can Be Worse Than Obesity

This is when you either bounce to different types of diets constantly, or you are on a perpetual restrict and binge cycle. Your body is going through a lot of changes at a rapid pace, which can be far unhealthier than if you had stayed overweight.

Your Hormones Fluctuate Like Crazy

To start with, when you diet, especially back and forth between eating and restricting, your hormones are completely out of control. Severe calorie restriction and yo-yo dieting, where you have a lot of changes in what you eat over a long period can cause your cortisol levels to increase. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and can increase your risk for heart disease and diabetes!

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You Might Have a Bigger Appetite and More Cravings

Yo-Yo dieting also changes your appetite and what you crave. It may seem like you are out of control, but this is not about willpower, it is actually from dieting itself. In your body, you have two different hunger hormones – leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin is the hormone that increases your appetite, while leptin decreases your appetite and ca help you feel full. If you are dieting, the hormone leptin often decreases, while ghrelin increases, creating an imbalance. Feel like you are continually starving? Your diet might be why, and not just because you aren’t eating enough.

Yo-yo Dieting Makes Your Metabolism Slow Down

Wonder why when you start a diet, you seem to hit a plateau quickly? This is probably the result of your metabolism slowing down because of all the feast and famine periods your body has gone through. Your body is brilliant and knows what it’s doing. But when you put it through the wringer from yo-yo diets, you are making it harder to lose weight thanks to your metabolism slowing down. Stop undereating, give up the diets, and start to eat intuitively.

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You Lose All Sense of Hunger and Fullness Cues

When you have pre-determined portions, types of food, and meal eating windows, you lose all sense of when you are hungry or full. When you are on a diet, you don’t rely on your hunger, but instead on numbers. How many calories you can have, how many carbs, making sure your sugar is low, and protein is high, watching your fiber. You might also get into timed meals, eating every 2-3 hours, or intermittent fasting. All of this damages your ability to know when you are hungry or full.

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Tips for Developing a Healthy Lifestyle Instead of Dieting

Tips for Developing a Healthy Lifestyle Instead of Dieting? With Winter coming up, that means we are more prone to eating sugary sweets, carb loaded comfort foods, and just unhealthy foods in general. It is really common that people gain weight during the winter because of all of the yummy food around the holidays, and you are not able to go outside and be active as easily, then of course we regret the weight gain in the Summer when we are looking for that bikini body! Today I am going to be sharing with you a few tips to keeping your figure all your round by simply developing a healthy lifestyle versus trying to diet.

Tips for Developing a Healthy Lifestyle Instead of Dieting

Water, Water, Water:
I cannot stress this enough. Water is an extremely important factor in your diet. If you are one that drinks a lot of soda or caffeinated drinks, or even teas throughout the day that are sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners, try swapping for a bottle of water! I’m not saying you necessarily need to give up your other loved drinks, but just replacing a few a day with water instead will make a tremendous difference in your body. Water not only keeps you hydrated and healthy, but it helps to flush out the toxins that you are putting in your diet and actually promotes weight loss.
Fruits & Veggies:
I definitely recommend eating all of fruit and veggies that you possibly can! They are so important for your health, keep you full, and make for great healthy snacks! I also try to include at least 1 serving of a fruit or vegetable with each meal that I have for the day.
 
 
 Instead of Dieting
Eat at Home:
Quite you will find that anything that you cook and make for yourself in your home is going to be healthier than getting something from a fast food place. There is just so many hidden calories and fats in fast food restaurants, cooking at home is a much better and healthier option.
Get Active:
They say that being healthy is 80% diet and 20% exercise, but I promise you that doing something active everyday will help you to stay fit and healthy like nothing else! I highly recommend just doing something to get your heart rate up and get moving every single day. I’m not saying that you need to go to a gym and have a full on workout session, but try dancing in your home for a half an hour or just playing with your kids outside.
 
These are just a few tips that help to keep me healthy and active in my life. I love living a healthier, more sensible lifestyle. This is a great way to stay healthy, lose weight, and not feel completely restricted by diets!
 

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