Statistically, two out of three dieters (roughly 68%) experience weight regain, which is gaining weight immediately after stopping a diet (in some cases during dieting). Weight regain posses a significant health risk to dieters because it initiates weight cycling, or Yo-Yo Diet.
Why is this bad? Weight cycling has now been shown to decrease life expectancy rates and increase mortality associated with cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. For you, this means you must lose weight without gaining it back and avoid dangerous cycle of Yo-Yo Diet.
How do you diet to lose weight and not gain weight back? It's not easy but I will share with you a few steps from my own research to help make it possible.
Diet Shock to Weight Regain
A quick review is in order before sharing with you steps involved to prevent weight regain. Diet shock is body's reaction to eating fewer calories and losing weight.
Unfortunately, diets on market today employ exact method of weight loss that causes diet shock...severe calorie restriction producing extreme weight loss in shortest time possible (aka, fast weight loss). This type of dieting method will eventually cause weight regain.
Why do current dieting plans promote a weight loss method destined to fail? It's what you want. Fast and extreme weight loss is what sells. Slow and low weight loss (the method I designed several years ago for my overweight patients) does not satisfy immediate gratification mentality of our society. In a nut shell, slow and low weight loss doesn't sell.
Once in diet shock, your body initiates a series of reactions that ultimately slow down your metabolic rate. From there, weight regain is just around corner.
Remember, weight regain is not good for two reasons...
1. Leads to Yo-Yo Diet, which has now been shown to be as much of a health risk as obesity.