Heart Disease

This section focuses on the subject of heart disease.

The Yo-Yo Diet Effect on Your Heart

Yo-yo dieting is inconsistency in dietary patterns, whether it be related to caloric restriction or even bouts of binging that cause weight to fluctuate. Becoming trapped in yo-yo dieting and such fluctuations can disturb both mental and physical health, including the health of the heart.

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Yo-yo dieting is also known as weight cycling, an umbrella term to describe the repeated "up and down, up and down" weight loss pattern often noticed on a scale. Simply put, yo-yo dieting is inconsistency in dietary patterns, whether it be related to caloric restriction or even bouts of binging that cause weight to fluctuate. Becoming trapped in yo-yo dieting and such fluctuations can disturb both mental and physical health, including the health of the heart.

Yo-Yo Linked to Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and affects one out of every three Americans. Although genetics may play a part in heart disease, lifestyle choices mostly contribute to its development and severity. And not only can a poor diet and lack of exercise cause heart disease risk on its own, but weight gain also accumulates greater risk, while maintaining and weight loss lowers it. Newest research published in the New England Journal of Medicine solidified the concern of yo-yo dieting and heart disease, and was the first study to measure such effect of yo-yo dieting. The study trailed over 9,500 participants, aged 35 to 75, across a 5-year timespan. The men and women monitored already had pre-existing coronary artery disease, demonstrating high cholesterol levels and some historical form of heart complications. Researchers compared body weight fluctuations, from high-fluctuation group of 8.6 pounds to lower weight shifts of 2 pounds, and found people with the largest fluctuations had...

...136 percent more strokes, 117 percent more heart attacks, and 124 of deaths...

...compared to those who kept weight maintained and steady. Individuals demonstrating high fluctuations also increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which may validate additional health concerns and potential death. And while this is the first study to measure the influence of yo-yo dieting in patients with pre-existing heart disease, additional data supports the concern of such weight fluctuations, as healthy individuals with large weight fluctuations have shown to increase their likelihood of death from heart disease. Along with gaining weight to the point of overweight and obesity, theorists suggest dropping and regaining weight puts strain and stress on the body.

Disconnecting the Link Between Yo-Yo Dieting and Heart Disease

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Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on May 22, 2017. Updated on October 22, 2019.

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