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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.

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  • KATE-P37
    I've been in the same boat probably since college ... this is all great information to know! Trying to stop the cycle NOW and get to a healthy goal and keep there =D You're doing amazing!
    104 days ago
  • SCHECK5
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  • ICECUB
    emoticon BEEN THERE ACTUALLY STILL THERE
    109 days ago
  • TERMITEMOM
    Very informative. I had no idea yo-yo dieting could cause all these problems... emoticon
    109 days ago
  • 75HEALTHYME

    Thank you for sharing !!!

    109 days ago
  • LETSBELESS
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    110 days ago
  • JAZZEJR
    Well, it was wonderful of you to share the details of it. I've heard it's bad, but didn't know why. Too late for me , I've yo-yo'ed all my life. Hope I'll be spared some of the normal consequences.
    110 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    Hopefully those younger than us will pay attention. Here's to keeping what we do have.

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    110 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    Good information. I just plain gained weight when I was traveling for work so much. Too many wonderful restaurants to go to for free! I've lost almost 40 pounds but have stalled out and with my DH ill, I have gained back about 5 pounds. He is feeling better every day and my life is just a tad more normal so it's time for me to pick up where I left off. I'm very happy the challenge is starting up again - a good reason to push myself to do the exercise I need to do. I've decided to join a class at my gym 3 days a week working with my trainer Katie and a few other women. I think I can plan on late July or the first of August. I'm hoping that commitment will get me down to my goal weight which is also around 135- 140 (I'd like to be the 115 I was once upon a time before children but I don't even think that would be good for me anymore!)
    110 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Your story sounds very familiar to me for mine is much the same. Haven't had the gall bladder attack but I have a friend who has always maintained a healthy eating regime and "lo and behold" she had to have gall bladder surgery recently. The nice thing about her's was she bounced back and was playing golf with us within a week. Living healthy has so many rewards!
    110 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    You are so right. The best thing we can do for our bodies is to reach a comfortable weight and then learn to maintain it. Dieting is not the answer.......lifestyle changes are the key.

    Isn’t that why we are here for the Chsllenges?
    110 days ago
  • MARYPHONE
    Two more great reasons to lose the weight and keep it off. Thank you for the info! Have a great day!
    110 days ago
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  • DEBSGETNHEALTHY
    Another reason to lose this weight permanently. Thank you for sharing.
    110 days ago
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