While many people may find it easy to stick to a diet for a little while and lose some weight quickly, they will also find it difficult to keep that weight off. This often leads to a dangerous cycle known as yo-yo dieting where someone gains and loses weight, and has trouble maintaining any body weight. There are a number of dangers that come with yo-yo dieting, which we’re going to discuss here.
- It can lead to insulin resistance.
Insulin is responsible for removing glucose from the blood stream, which we normally get from eating foods like carbohydrates. Over time, however, if the body releases too much insulin on a regular basis because of blood sugar level spikes and crashes, then it leads to insulin resistance. This means that your body no longer responds to insulin the way it’s supposed to.
Insulin resistance is dangerous because it’s a precursor of diabetes, so people who already have other risk factors of developing diabetes should be especially concerned if they find themselves yo-yo dieting. Although the connection is still being studied, there is more than enough documented proof that shows that yo-yo dieting leads to insulin resistance.
- It can raise your triglyceride levels.
This is one of the types of cholesterol that is found in your body, and it’s extremely dangerous to have in high levels. Triglycerides are formed when the body gets too much food, and extra calories get converted into them to be burned for energy later. However, if you never get to burning them later, they remain as stored fat and can do some serious damage to your heart and blood vessels.
People with higher triglyceride levels have a much higher risk of heart attack, heart disease, and other heart-related conditions. Because yo-yo dieting is associated with high levels of triglycerides, it’s important to avoid constantly moving up and down in weight so you can avoid the dangers that come with these higher cholesterol levels.
- It increases your blood pressure.
Another thing that yo-yo dieting has been found to do to people is increase their blood pressure. Increased blood pressure can do some serious damage to many of your organs. While your heart and blood vessels are most affected, the increased pressure of blood to other organs such as your liver and kidneys can also damage these as well.
- It increases inflammation in the body.
It is believed that rapid weight gain and loss can cause inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation normally works with your body to fight infections and cure wounds, but chronic inflammation which is caused by yo-yo dieting can lead to your body fighting itself. This can lead to a number of conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer.