A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals the way you diet could have a detrimental impact on your heart health.
In this study, researchers followed over 9,500 participants with coronary artery disease for nearly five years. And their findings linked weight fluctuations—repeatedly losing and regaining weight—to higher risk of both death and cardiovascular events.
The risk wasn’t small either. Among participants with the greatest weight variations, risk of death was 124 percent higher. Risk of heart attack or stroke was 117 percent and 136 percent higher, respectively. And risk of a heart-related event was 85 percent higher.
And as Dr. Fred Pescatore explains in his Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol, the weight fluctuations weren’t as big as you might expect.
He explains, “The highest risk group in this study saw the scales tip just over 8 pounds. A change that doubled the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. And it’s the same amount of weight most people can expect to gain over the holiday period. The pendulum doesn’t have to swing far to cause very real—and very serious—problems for your health.
And he points out that risks are still high even in those without pre-existing heart problems. This study looked at patients with coronary artery disease, but plenty of research shows that even yo-yo dieters without cardiovascular disease are at risk.
And it’s no surprise that inflammation is believed to be the root cause of the medical issues associated with yo-yo dieting…
The “other” serious weight risk: belly fat
Dr. Pescatore cites research that shows how repeated loss and regain of body weight actively changes the metabolic activity of your fat stores by depriving fat tissue of oxygen.
He explains the danger: “This deprivation triggers a hormone and immune-mediated inflammatory cascade above and beyond what we see with obesity alone. To put it in more simple terms, that means chronic yo-yo dieting may actually be worse than simply gaining weight and never losing it.”
And Dr. Pescatore stresses that there’s one goal that’s even more important than a specific target weight: Dealing with the dreaded “spare tire.”
He says, “A lot of people think of their muffin top as a vanity issue. But in reality, there’s much more to it than that. In fact, extra belly fat is one of the primary risk factors for all of the deadly diseases mentioned above.”
He points out that belly fat is metabolically distinct from normal adipose (fat) tissue. In fact, he calls it “a boiling cauldron of inflammation.” That’s why losing your spare tire is a critical step toward correcting dangerous metabolic imbalances—and breaking the yo-yo dieting cycle for good.
When weight goes down, keep it down
Given all these health risks linked to yo-yo dieting, Dr. Pescatore stresses that once you lose weight, it’s critical to do all you can to keep it off—within healthy means, of course.
To help you achieve that, he offers these insights into what he calls “traps of negative or unrealistic thinking” that can lead to relapse and yo-yo weight fluctuations:
- Unrealistic expectations. Dr. Pescatore points out that yo-yo dieters can get hung up on numbers. “Don’t make this mistake,” he says. “All weight loss is good—it doesn’t matter how much or how long it takes, as long as the trend is down.”
- Failure to achieve weight loss goals. This goes hand in hand with unrealistic expectations—and Dr. Pescatore notes that it’s why he never sets specific weight loss goals with his patients. If you’re frustrated or disappointed that you haven’t reached some arbitrary number in your mind, you’re a lot more likely to throw in the towel.
- Eating to regulate mood. “Eating your feelings” may be a cliché—but in Dr. Pescatore’s view, it’s also the biggest enemy of long-term weight management. He says, “You must find other, healthier ways to manage your emotions. A good counselor or support group can help.”
To learn about other ways to overcome yo-yo diet challenges, refer to Dr. Pescatore’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol. Click here to enroll in this unique protocol today, or to learn more about how you become healthier with each passing year.