Yo-yo dieting warning
Friday, June 28, 2019
I have finally reached a weight that I am comfortable with and that I can maintain. Unfortunately, it took it many attempts over the years. I remember my first experience with Weight Watchers when I was in my 20's. I got to goal 3 times with WW and twice with SP over 40 years. My doctor would congratulate me for getting to a good weight and then a year later would say, "I see you've had a lot of fun over the past year," because my weight would be back up by 25 pounds. I knew this yo-yo dieting was not good for me, but still it continued. About 5 years ago, my doctor said, "I would like to see you at 140, I know that seems more than your height chart calls for, but I think it is a good, maintainable weight for you." So that was my new goal and that is where I am.
The bad news about all the yo-yo dieting I did over the years is that it caused me some major health problems. About 4 years ago I was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a gall bladder attack. I complained that I mostly stayed with a low-fat diet but was told that losing and regaining weight has been shown to cause gall stones. (Dam) Then just recently I had my bone density test and despite all the walking and regular strength training I do my numbers had declined to close to osteoporosis. Again the doctor told me losing and gaining weight has been found to cause low bone-density.(Dam)
So here I am at 66, finally at a stable weight and feeling mostly very healthy, but will not be able to change the yo-yo dieting consequences of my earlier years. I know I'm not alone with the lose-gain syndrome. I hope others who are still young will make the decision to lose and maintain, or to just eat healthy and be happy at the weight they are at.