The Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting


Obesity is a main cause of preventable illness and death in the developed world.

It is estimated that at any one time at least 25% of the population is trying to diet and yet the obesity epidemic continues to grow.

Losing weight improves health, right? Absolutely if the weight loss can be maintained in the long term.

However, there is a group of people who do not benefit, these are those people who lose weight, regain the weight, lose weight, regain weight and so on, we call this yo-yo dieting or weight cycling.

A study shows that up to 35% of men and up to 55% of women report having yo-yo dieted.

We find that many Gateway Health patients have a history of yo-yo dieting prior to choosing Bariatric surgery.

Often before making the final decision to choose bariatric surgery, many patients tell us that they will try one last diet. We always wish them well, but sadly know that a significant number of those patients will be back in touch soon to book their surgery.

Long term yo-yo dieting causes multiple health problems, plus of course leads to much frustration.

When dieting the hormone leptin decreases and your appetite increases as your body is trying to increase its depleted energy levels.

Studies show that yo-yo dieting often leads to loss of muscle mass as well as fat, but when the weight is regained it is usually just fat that is regained, particularly around the abdomen. Abdominal fat or ‘belly’ fat increases the risk of type two Diabetes

Studies also show that several cycles of yo-yo dieting can cause fatty liver disease (excess fat inside the cells of the liver.) A fatty liver changes the way the liver metabolises sugars and fats, these changes increase the risk of getting type two Diabetes.

Yo-yo dieting has also been shown to increase the risk of Coronary Heart Disease (narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart). The more times someone yo-yo diets the higher the risk.

The weight re-gain after a diet can also cause hypertension (high blood pressure.)

The negative health problems as a result of yo-yo dieting can last years but can fade and resolve once weight is lost and maintained over years.

If you are frustrated with one diet after another, the constant up and down weight, worried about the adverse health effects that this is causing, why not consider weight loss surgery?

Surgery for obesity is the most effective proven method in terms of weight reduction and improvement in obesity related health conditions, often these conditions disappear completely.

Gateway Health are a highly qualified experienced team of Bariatric experts who are committed to providing compassionate, caring individualised care. We offer time served, evidence-based weight loss surgery procedures alongside an aftercare programme that addresses dietary, lifestyle and psychological support, which we know is needed to prevent weight regain in the years following surgery.

Our prices are competitive and all consultations are free of charge.

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