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Yoyo Diet’s a No No

If your weight fluctuates up and down, over and over again, you’re playing a dangerous game.

There’s a lot more at stake than looking good.  Sure, it all starts out great! You lean out quickly from not eating much, but it sure doesn’t end well. Not only are you likely to regain the weight, and then some, there are dangerous risks associated with this strategy, things like higher risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention you’re exhausted and weaker, too.

Seems like you end up worse than you started because, bottom line, the stress from fluctuating weight is HARD on your body. Odds are against you too. While you’re starving yourself, your body breaks down your muscle to get the protein it needs, plus, as soon as you get back to your normal way of eating, you pile the pounds back on.

As you’re dragging around on insufficient “fuel”, your poor brain can’t function optimally, your mood may dip, and cortisol, your stress hormone, skyrockets. These are all bad dynamics that don’t bode well, for your long-term health.

 So, it never was just a simple equation:  calories in < calories out = weight loss.   

Your body’s hormonal systems, and protective mechanisms are much more complex than that. Basically, ghrelin, your hunger hormone, kicks in with a vengeance. Not only do you want to eat everything in sight, but your satiety hormone, leptin, stops working effectively.  You have leptin receptors in your brain and there’s plenty of leptin coursing through your blood stream, the the receptors aren’t working right. Next, when your brain senses what it thinks is starvation, aka not enough calories, your metabolic rate slows to a crawl.

These mechanisms served humans well when food was scarce, sugar was hard to come by and we were a lot more mobile, but our ancient metabolism can’t effectively accommodate today’s lifestyle.  The results are disastrous, but the answer is not yoyo diets.

 Is it really a losing battle?  NO, just a different strategy. 

  • Be realistic and make your weight loss goals sustainable, no more than 1 or 2 pounds per week.
  • Maintain your muscle mass. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat.
  • Get adequate sleep. Lack of good quality sleep messes with your hormones, making it difficult to feel satiated.
  • Stay away from the center aisles in the super market where all the processed food is shelved.
  • Do your own cooking, so you know what you’re getting. Who knows what’s happening behind the scenes at restaurants.  Sure, you’ve heard the horror stories!

 It’s normal and healthy to enjoy food, but your healthy body craves good fats, proteins and to a lesser extent, complex carbohydrates, NOT sugar laden junk food and bad fats.

 When Big Food tries to get you addicted to junk, so you’ll keep eating more and more, it’s time to pull out your secret weapon, Dr. Dave’s Best Ultra Strength Fat Furnace, the all natural way to help balance your sugar, suppress your appetite and target fat burning with thermogenic raspberry ketones.  Remember, this is a battle you CAN win, with the right strategy!