Yesterday I mentioned that I was a ‘classic yo-yoer’ and was stuck in the yo-yo syndrome for quite a few years. A lot of you asked me ‘Now what is the yo-yo syndrome?’. So here, I have tried to simplify this ominous syndrome (makes it sounds like a disease doesn’t it? Well, it is just like one. )
Several people go on a diet every month- it could be the Atkins, the General Motors, the detox diet or a diet prescribed by the local weight loss clinic, the starvation diet or a self invented diet of ‘from now on I will skip dinner’, ‘I will eat only till 4 pm’ etc. There are several variations of ‘the diet’ where one ends up not consuming a balanced meal and deprives the body of some or the other essential nutrient. Many people also succeed in losing significant amount of weight. Some also undergo liposuction to get that sexy slim look. The newspapers, TV, web is flooded with the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images. But how many times have you seen a ‘before’, ‘after’ and ‘even later’ image? Most likely, never. Have you ever thought why is that so?
Because in 8 cases out of 10, a person who has undergone rapid weight loss say in a period of one to six months, once off the diet, gains not only all of that weight back- but ends up with having put on more weight than what he/she started with. I have tried to demonstrate the same with my rotten paint brush skills- but you should get a fair idea of what I am trying to say.
This graph above shows exactly how I and my body had fallen into this ‘yo yo syndrome’. This is a term given to the common scenario of weight cycling wherein, the body tends to put on more weight than earlier; once off a diet. So when I was 12 I weighed 48 kg, at age 18- it had reached 56; age 22 – it had dropped to 52, age 25- gone up again to 79, age 26- down to 60, and in another six months- back up to 70. Now while, I was losing weight after periodic intervals, as soon as I would go back to my normal (fattening) eating habits, I would not only gain back all of that weight but MUCH MORE.
So then what is the way to avoid weight cycling and the Yo-Yo syndrome? I will tell you exactly that in my next post. And you can also look forward to some delicious healthy feasty recipes beginning tomorrow- after all, we live to eat, don’t we? 😉