Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

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Filed Under: Weight Loss
Last Reviewed 04/18/2014

The yo-yo phenomenon is the predictable effect of crash dieting. Here’s how it happens: 

When you go on a very low-calorie diet, say 800 calories or less per day, the weight comes off rapidly at first. But this extreme calorie-cutting causes your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Weight loss tapers off. You reach a “plateau” and weight loss dwindles over the following weeks. At that point, many dieters become discouraged and throw in the towel.  

Unfortunately, because your metabolic rate stays depressed for up to two months (even after you start eating normally), when you do return to a normal caloric intake, your slower metabolic rate ensures rapid weight gain, often exceeding your original weight. If you start yet another diet, determined to lose those excess pounds “once and for all,” you’ll find it more difficult to lose weight and easier to gain it back.  

By repeatedly losing and regaining weight, or “yo-yoing,” you’ve encouraged your body to become very efficient at making and storing fat. Because of this, damage done by crash diets can be difficult to reverse.  

Fortunately, it is possible to lose weight and keep it off. One great way is to participate in my Diabesity Challenge. Click on the link to learn all about this sure-fire way to shed excess pounds and keep diabetes and metabolic syndrome at bay.
 

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