Navigation Links
'Yo-Yo' Dieting Won't Harm Long-Term Weight Loss Efforts
Date:8/16/2012

THURSDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- So-called "yo-yo" dieting -- where people repeatedly lose weight by dieting, only to regain the weight -- may be frustrating, but it will not hurt a person's ability to lose weight over the long term, a new study finds.

This type of "weight cycling" does not have a negative effect on metabolism, the study found. The findings may be significant, the experts added, because yo-yo dieting affects up to 40 percent of the population in the Western world, and estimates indicate that nearly half of American women are currently dieting to lose weight.

"A history of unsuccessful weight loss should not dissuade an individual from future attempts to shed pounds or diminish the role of a healthy diet and regular physical activity in successful weight management," study senior author Dr. Anne McTiernan, a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Public Health Sciences Division, in Seattle, said in a center news release.

The researchers randomly divided 439 sedentary women in Seattle who were overweight or obese into four groups: a reduced-calorie diet only; exercise only (mainly brisk walking); reduced-calorie diet plus exercise; and a control group that didn't diet or exercise. The women involved in the study ranged in age from 50 to 75 years.

After one year, the investigators found that participants on the diet-only and diet-plus-exercise groups met their weight-loss goals and lost an average of 10 percent of their starting weight.

Overall, 18 percent of the women in these two groups were considered severe yo-yo dieters (they reported losing 20 or more pounds on three or more occasions), and 24 percent were moderate yo-yo dieters (they reported losing 10 or more pounds on three or more occasions).

Although severe yo-yo dieters were, on average, almost 20 pounds heavier than the women who were not yo-yo dieters when the study began, at the end of the study the researchers found no significant differences between those who had a history of yo-yo dieting and those who did not.

The weight cycling did not affect the women's ability to successfully participate in diet or exercise programs, the study authors reported. Yo-yo dieting also did not affect the percentage of body fat and lean muscle mass gained or lost among the women, they noted.

The researchers added that other factors -- such as blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and blood concentrations of hormones that help make people feel full or regulate blood sugar levels -- were also unaffected by yo-yo dieting, because they found no difference between the women who had these past fluctuations in their weight and those who didn't.

McTiernan's team cautioned that obesity is a known risk factor for many cancers, as well as heart disease and diabetes. This is particularly worrisome because two-thirds of the U.S. population is currently overweight or obese.

"We know there's an association between obesity, sedentary behavior and increased risk of certain cancers," McTiernan said in the news release. "The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter to a third of cancers could be prevented with maintenance of normal weight and keeping a physically active lifestyle."

The study was published online this week in the journal Metabolism.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on weight loss and dieting.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, news release, Aug. 14, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds that yo-yo dieting does not thwart weight loss efforts or alter metabolism long term
2. Healthy Dieting in Pregnancy May Be Helpful
3. Dieting May Lower Hormone Levels Tied to Breast Cancer
4. Vaccine yielded encouraging long-term survival rates in certain patients with NSCLC
5. Long-term neuropsychological impairment is common in acute lung injury survivors
6. Supporting LGB children may influence their long-term health, BU study finds
7. Optimal care of bariatric surgery patients vital for long-term health and well-being
8. Many Primary Care Docs Dont Know Long-Term Effects of Chemo: Survey
9. Study says children exposed to tobacco smoke face long-term respiratory problems
10. More Research Points to Long-Term Ills With Bone Drugs
11. Long-term ICS use reduces pleural effusion in patients with CAP
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Yo-Yo' Dieting Won't Harm Long-Term Weight Loss Efforts
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Therachat , a smart ... in an infographic on the current state of anxiety in support of National Mental ... was conducted in April 2017 and benchmarked general anxiety levels as well as identified ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... NC (PRWEB) , ... May 22, 2017 , ... ... Matthews Periodontics, is now welcoming new patients with periodontal plastic surgery treatments, including ... from a general dentist. Dr. Green provides these esthetic and functional procedures to ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... Galena, Alaska, has a population of less ... headlines when it was targeted to build a nuclear plant by the TOSHIBA Corporation. ... manager Marvin L. Yoder describes the journey to get power to his small town, ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 , ... Chris Cornell, 52, was found dead on ... why one of the most respected lead singers in the rock industry would take his ... of mental illness. FindaTopDoc investigates how mental illness played a role in the death of ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... PARK, FL (PRWEB) , ... May 20, 2017 , ... ... sell it, find it, review it, and share its attributes like never before. More ... dispensary directory to connect cannabis enthusiasts to stores, strains, products – and for the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/8/2017)...  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO)., has completed its ... health care service center company based in ... relationship management programs for leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and health ... WRB will join Envoy Health Management, LLC , ... biotech firms, and other service companies. Together, WRB and ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... May 4, 2017  A recent study published ... Ultraviolet-C light as a means of disinfection ... to reduce bioburden on anesthesia workstations. In the ... high-touch, complex medical equipment surfaces contaminated with three ... "This study further validates the body of ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... 2017   BioLife Solutions , Inc. (NASDAQ: ... of proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and ... today announced that the Company,s first quarter 2017 financial ... May 11, 2017, and that the Company will host ... PT that afternoon. Management will provide an overview of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: