Why It Becomes Hard To Lose* Weight Once You Gain It?

There are several factors that influence weight loss* once you have gained it. The most probable reason is that when you lose* weight for the very fast time, you also shed off some muscles and since they play a vital role in fat burning, you will definitely have a slowed basal metabolic rate. Another important thing is that the body wants to gain weight more that it will want to lose* it and so, it will resist any attempts to shed it off. It is also good to understand that the body is always economical and may not want to utilize the calories present in the body but will always want to have them stored as fat. As much as you try to trick it to realize the need of utilizing some of its fat deposits, you will find it quite challenging.

Hard To Lose* Weight Once You Gain It

However, it does not actually mean that you cannot succeed; what is required is to put in extra effort, a good diet and workout plan. Foods that contain sugars should be avoided at all costs as they increase* the body blood sugar levels. Eating small portions at regular intervals is also a wise idea towards this course. Exercise on the hand will help to accelerate your metabolism and hence burning more calories faster. But you should note that this cannot be achieved overnight. You will have to be patient before you start realizing any positive results.

It is likely that your body will put on extra fat and less muscle mass once you regain the weight. This reduces* your lean body mass percentage thereby slowing down your metabolism more than before. It is also obvious that when working out, you will want to increase* your portions and this will definitely undo all that you had achieved. The calories you burn during exercise may not be equivalent to what you consume after working out. Thus, underestimation has always been the biggest mistake people make and this explains why it is hard to lose* weight just by working out. You also have to consider what you eat and discipline yourself so that you stick to the plan to the latter.

The Yo-Yo Effect

Also known as weight cycling, yo-yo effect simply derives its name from the yo-yo motion. Generally, this effect assumes different forms depending on what causes it. When it is caused by dieting, it is referred to as yo-yo dieting. The effect ranges from as little as 5-10 pounds/cycle amounts of losses and gains of weight to as large amounts as 50 and above/cycle. There are certain health conditions which have been largely associated with weight cycling. To be on the safe side, experts have been fast to recommend healthy dieting and regular exercise for people with obesity. This is important in the sense that it helps you to achieve and cling onto a lifetime healthy weight. Individuals with normal weights are advised to ensure that they maintain their weight by feeding on a healthy diet and also engaging in regular workouts.

Healthy Risks of the Yo-Yo Effect

In most cases yo-yo dieting occurs due to restrictive dieting until you achieve your weight loss* goals but once you turn back and start consuming more calories, your body regains weight. Ending a diet prematurely is also a contributing factor to this effect. Yo-yo dieting does not lead to success but instead it exposes one to a higher risk of developing certain diseases. The following are some of the health conditions associated with the yo-yo effect:

  • Depression:

    When the body repetitively loses and regained weight it causes damage to your health emotionally. This leads to frustration having failed to put your weight under good control. In the event, symptoms associated with depression such hopelessness; disinterest in various activities you once found pleasure and lethargy may occur. People with hereditary depression disorders like dysthymia, major or affective depressive disorders are a higher risk of falling victim to depression.

  • Low Metabolic Rate:

    Since yo-yo dieting revolves around acute restriction of calorie consumption it can make the body to fall into the mode of starvation. This does not auger well with metabolism as it slows down the whole process. Once this effect is widespread, it becomes hard to reverse and may turn out to be permanent.

  • Weight Gain:

    When the body experiences slowed metabolic rate, it becomes vulnerable to increased weight. This is attributed to the fact that the body exhibits a slowed metabolic rate and therefore making it hard to burn fat.

  • Heart Disease:

    Besides weight gain, weight cycling exposes the victim to a higher risk of developing complications linked to obesity. These conditions may include high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and heart condition. Proven studies indicate that yo-yo dieting has a negative effect to the flow of blood to the heart especially in women after attaining menopause; this is according to Claire Duvernoy, a cardiologist. A prolonged dwell on yo-yo dieting can result to a build-up of plague in the arteries exposing the victim to higher risks of developing heart attack or stroke.

Remedies of Yo-Yo Dieting

There are several ways to avoid the weight cycling phenomenon and still maintain your body metabolic rate while at the same time you cling to your diet. The following tips should help you towards that course:

  • Avoid fad diets
  • Embark on a suitable program for weight loss*
  • Regular exercise is also necessary to ease your muscles
  • Eat small portions throughout the day and avoid eating large meals. This is important in the sense that it improves* your metabolic rate.

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Contributor : Sandra Green (Consumer Health Digest)

This Article Has Been Published on July 9, 2013 and Last Modified on October 21, 2014

Sandra Green writes for many blogs, which, considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense. She is a freelancer and counselor with a keen interest in helping people lead a healthy and energetic lifestyle with the right information. You can follow her on Twitter.

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