What is weight cycling?
This is when we lose 5-10 pounds of fat than gain it back, then start diet again, but gain everything back again. Also known as yoyo dieting.
Sounds familiar? Keep on reading.
Sadly, we settle with it, it becomes normal. After weight regain we go back on diet saying: ‘never again I will go off the rails’. Yet fail again and feel defeated and stuck.
As a famous internet meme says, doing the same and expecting the different result is crazy. Stop doing same over and over again. You need to change approach to diet, you need to change your way of thinking about diet!
But why should I stop weight-cycling?
Apart from creating a detrimental psychological burden, yoyo dieting also alters fat distribution in women.
Due to female hormones, women will be losing fat from the upper body first in conditions of calorie deficit, i.e. ‘dieting’ phase. Because upper body fat is easier to mobilise. This is how a female body works, apparently.
In the ‘off-diet’ phase, women will be gaining weight in … the lower body first. As a result of multiple circles of yo-yo dieting, fat will be redistributed. Your lower body will store proportionally more and more fat, which in future, will make it more and more difficult to fit into your old skinny jeans. In other words, a ‘oear’ becomes ‘pearer’.
If a woman diets poorly (insufficient protein, no resistance training, rigid, she may lose LBM [lean body mass] along with fat (coming from the upper body…) …Her diet becomes unsustainable and she begins overeating in the face of lowered energy expenditure. As she regains fat, she will gain proportionally more in the lower body (potentially increasing fat cell number) and this will be more true if she is eating a large amount of high-calorie, high-fat foods which are preferentially stored there… This situation potentially worsens with each cycle of fat loss and regain.
Loss of tone
Furthermore, if you are not doing any type of resistance training, weight cycling also leads to the loss of body tone and shape. With inadequate diet (too low calorie and low protein) and lack of resistance training, you will be losing muscle along with fat. Then as you gain it back, you will gain mostly fat. Repeat this process a few times and body composition will be deteriorated: the lack of muscle, excess fat – bye bye TONE.
Finally, should I mention (but rather remind) that skin loses its elasticity with age and yoyo dieting is not merciful to this either?
I know, it is sad to read this, but if we are aware, we are ready to act! Stop this vicious cycle by hiring a nutrition expert with an understanding of psychology of weight-loss. With a good guide you can absolutely do it!
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