Yo-Yo Dieting – Causing A Strain On Your Heart
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: August 26, 2019
With the onslaught of media, TV, movies, magazines, and advertising all pushing the same images of thin fit women many become desperate to lose weight. Obesity has incredibly become a problem in the USA in the past two decades.
Fad dieting has become the norm. The cabbage soup diet, The HCG diet, The Keto Diet, Thermogenic pills, diet pills, you name it, people will try it. Some with really solid results. The problem is that none of this is a sustainable lifestyle. The majority who lose weight on a diet based other than on healthy eating and exercise will gain the weight back plus more.
This is what is known as Yo-yo dieting. It isn’t harmless and it can hurt your health long term.
Those who repeatedly lose and regain weight are increasing their risk of death by heart disease. Weight cycling may be dangerous. It has been linked to cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease as well as less than desirable mental health.
Statistics now show that nearly one-third of Americans are obese according to the CDC.
25% of men and 40% percent of women have reportedly attempted to lose weight, with the number of obese individuals trying to lose weight five times higher than those of normal weight.
As much as 10% of dieters can be classified as yo-you dieters, losing a minimum of 20 lbs. and regaining it 3 or more times. This can have ill effects on your health even if you are not overweight.
Heart Disease Facts
- 600,000 Americans die every year of heart disease. That means heart disease is the cause on 1 of every 4 deaths.
- Of that, Coronary heart disease is the most widespread type of heart disease. It accounts for 370,000 per year.
- Over 700,000 people in the United States will experience a heart attack this year alone.
Weight cycling issues are not just for the obese
The fittest of the fit – professional bodybuilders. Men and women who visually personify what it is to be in shape. These athletes weight cycle by bulking (gaining weight to attain a bigger physique) and cutting (shedding the fat so the muscle can be seen). Sometimes as much as varying 20-30 lbs per cycle. They are at a huge risk for heart issues.
The American Heart Association remind us of the seven steps for reducing the risk of heart disease: manage your blood pressure, control your cholesterol, limit sugar intake, get active, eat a healthy diet, keep a normal weight, and stop smoking.
If you choose to lose (or bulk up) do it gradually with healthy foods and steer clear of fad diets.
Haven’t been to a cardiologist lately? It is a great idea to get regular heart health check-ups.
Visit www.tampacardio.com or call us to schedule an appointment at 813-975-2800.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio