Your Life and Your Health: Part 2

Posted on August 5th, 2010 by Mic in Female Fitness Resources

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Hi,

Last post we introduced the concept of your life and your health. 

Specifically to dieting I mentioned that the yo-yo dieting concept had specific physiological reasons.

Your body is very happy when things are running smoothly.  It does not matter if running smoothly is really healthy to you or not. 

If it isn’t healthy, then eventually problems will show up and we mentioned that in the last post. 

If you try to change your weight – for example – you will find that making a drastic change in your diet upsets this smooth running that your body likes. 

Yes, you will lose weight if you go on a diet.  For awhile. 

This awhile time will vary with each individual.  It will vary based upon your sex, age, body weight, metabolism, activity levels, amount of sleep you get and how many times you have been on a diet before.

Here is what happens when you start a diet.  Your body will start losing weight.  As it does this your survival mechanisms start kicking in. 

In order to not lose so much weight and keep everything the same, your body’s metabolism will slow down. 

This makes it harder to lose more weight.  So you eat less.  Again your metabolism slows down.

This game is played until you really can’t lose any more weight at all.

But, that isn’t the worst part.  About now is when most people decide the diet isn’t working.  So what is the first thing they start doing?

You got it – eating.

Eating, just when your metabolism is at the absolute lowest point.  And guess what happens now.  You gain weight like crazy. 

More calories, low metabolism = great weight gain, with most of it fat. 

And your body is pretty smart.  The next time you go on a diet, your body remembers and it drops its metabolism even faster.  That way it is even harder to lose as much weight as the first time you tried a diet. 

So if you ever wondered exactly what the concept of yo-yo dieting is and why it is so easy to gain weight again, now you know.

We will resume the habits we talked about in the first post on your life and your health in the next post.

Stay tuned,

Thanks

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