YO-YO EFFECT

This is an update of my weight loss journey and I am ecstatic to share that two months in, I had successfully lost 7kg in total. I jumped for joy when I measured my weight this morning and the fact that fasting month is tomorrow, it is evident that there will be continued progression!

I committed a huge sin last Saturday by going to a buffet and having a late night chill session, skipping my exercise routine. Sadly it was meant to be an opportunity for me to reveal that I will be undergoing the surgery but due to prolonged catchup sessions, it became hard to squeeze in the topic of my weight management into the conversation. 

Thus, today was the day I broke the news only to have my best friend frowning on the idea. He has been a great support to my declining self-esteem but damn, he was annoyed that I am toying with the idea. When informing him, he questioned the decision and one of the primary reasons is the YO-YO effect. 

So what does it mean?

Yo-yo is a  toy consisting of an axle connected to two disks, and a string looped around the axle, similar to a spool. The moment of the toy going Up and down and again up became a term to describe someone who has gained weight and successfully lost weight only to have gained more weight.  

Almost the majority of individuals who have tried some of the effective diets or taken diet supplements have experienced it. Yoyo effect doesn’t target specific gender or age group. This effect involves more than just fats on the belly but also endangers general health. To define the yoyo effect, it is a very frequent situation of impulsive weight loss followed by gaining the weight back. If this process is repeated continuously, it leads to complicated weight reduction and causes negative impact on your metabolism, health and body. 

The harmful aspects

Losing substantial amounts of weight in a short span of duration usually indicates a shock for the body and certain organ and cells of the body reacts differently to the vast changes,

1. Increased appetite

Fat cells produce hormone leptin which communicates with the brain and sends signals about the body having a sufficient amount and the brain consequently translates it with the feeling of a full stomach. If you are losing weight, you are losing fat and less fat means less leptin. This is the reason why we feel hunger during diets.

In addition, our body slows down all the processes to maintain energy, and that is why in time of quitting diet, you have increased appetite but burn only a minimum of calories. This is partially the reason why you may experience plateau or even weight gain despite dieting. 

2. Higher proportion of fat and less muscles

Moreover, when you are gaining weight back, fat is sticking on you more quickly than the muscles. It is reported that the percentage of fat grows two times higher if you have successfully lost weight. While you are losing the excess kilograms, you are losing not only fats but also muscles. If you gain the weight back after diet, fat is gained more easily and this leads to higher loss of muscles eventually. Because of this, it is very important to exercise during weight loss. Exercising signalises the body to support muscle growth although fat is gradually disappearing out of the body. Don’t forget that during weight loss, you will need to increase your intake of protein to prevent muscle loss.

3. Increases risk of cardiovascular diseases

Continual changes of the weight are linked with the narrowing of the arteries. Gaining weight, more than obesity themselve, increases risk of cardiovascular diseases. Increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases is directly dependent upon weight jumping in your weight. More kilograms you lose and gain during the yo-yo effect, the more risk you are exposed to. 

4. Type 2 diabetes

Each phase of losing weight and gaining weight affects the production of stress hormone cortisol. This Increased level of cortisol supports fat storage around the belly and this increases the risk of diabetes and heart failures. 

5. Fluctuating high blood pressure

The gaining of weight leads to high blood pressure and those who were in a yo-yo diet, often had less success at the blood pressure stabilization during weight reduction.  

To summarize my personal experience, it has been very stressful and degrading for my  hard work to have gone to the drain after 5 years. To put on all the weight and more since then, really brings me down as I started blaming my poor self-control and lack of reflection that have left me experiencing the yoyo effect. My 7kg weight loss is the start of my second journey and I am hoping to proceed with the surgery to ensure that my appetite will be controlled and I would not experience a second cycle of this Yoyo Effect.

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