Caitlin Flynn
November 23, 2016 1:38 pm

During the holidays and when a special event is coming up, it’s common to hear people say they’ll crash diet in an effort to lose weight quickly. Not only is this practice ineffective, but yo-yo dieting is super unhealthy — especially for women whose weight falls into the “normal” range. Hopefully, this new research will help women realize that fad diets and crash diets are not the way to go.

The study, which examined the dieting and weight patterns of 160,000 postmenopausal women, found that the correlation between weight fluctuation and heart disease affected normal weight women, but not those who fell into the category of overweight or obese. Dr. Somwail Rasla, the study’s lead author, observed that this finding is similar to the obesity paradox — a term that refers to the fact that obese people are often just as healthy as their peers in the normal weight range.

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Rasla emphasized that a stable, healthy weight is better for your heart than a fluctuating weight due to crash diets and yo yo dieting. Although overweight and obese people may be encouraged to lose weight to decrease the risk of obesity and high blood pressure, they should do so in a healthy manner.

For starters, holiday weight gain is largely a myth — but if you do feel bloated or see a slightly higher number on the scale, the healthy thing to do is resume your normal eating habits. Our bodies readjust on their own.

Please think twice next time you consider a crash diet before a special occasion or post-holidays — a healthy heart is way more important than watching the number on the scale drop by a few pounds.

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