If Thanksgiving and Christmas were the season for grazing, then the New Year has to be the ‘season of dieting’. You literally can’t turn on the TV without watching an advertisement for the latest get-thin-quick scheme. The current state of the economy doesn’t seem to have hurt the local gyms and diet centers as people flock in, filled with good intentions and New Year’s resolutions, to finally shed those few extra pounds once and for all.
Yours truly is included in this category. I make a New Year’s resolution every year. This year, I have vowed (once again) to lose those extra pounds (again) and this time to keep it off (for good) and to never wear those “fat” jeans again! (That’s a good thing to promise because they are getting holes in them!) I’ve probably lost 500 pounds in my life. The trouble is that it’s been the same 30 pounds over and over and over again. This time I made it 6 years before crashing and falling off the food wagon.
So, here I am AGAIN –- 6 years later –- facing the diet dilemma once AGAIN. I find myself wondering what the underlying cost has been to my health. Does this type of constant dieting, sporting a weight that bounces back and forth on the scale like a volleyball, have any long term side effects that I’m not aware of?
The truth is that crash dieting and yo-yo dieting are not good for you and certainly not good for your heart health. Most of us have been on a crash diet at one point in our lives. Our best friend’s wedding sneaks up on us and we just want to lose 5-10 pounds before the wedding. Or (and I like this one), you’re headed to your twentieth high school reunion and want to wear that cheerleader outfit again. Like soooo NOT happening! The problem is that even though we know these events are coming up, we wait until the last minute to try to lose those extra pounds. The result is that we go on a “crash” or starvation type diet -– you know what I’m talking about –- a “quick-fix” diet. These types of diets may simply limit calories or some may use diet pills or diuretics to enhance weight loss.