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Why Yo-Yo Dieting Is Super Bad For You

At least 10% of all women go on and off diets over and over and over and over. This is called yo-yo dieting or weight cycling. Unfortunately, yo-yo dieting is a terrible thing to do to your body AND it makes it harder and harder for you to lose weight.

Learn why yo-yo dieting is super bad for you AND how to keep the weight off...for good.


A lot of women are stuck in a terrible cycle of going on and off diets over and over and over and over.

Why do women do this?

Well, because as a yo-yo dieter, the weight you've lost will come back (it's almost 100% guaranteed)...so you have to start yet another diet to lose weight again.

This totally sucks, big time!

This means you'll lose a bit of weight BUT then a few weeks or months later, the weight will come back.

AND what's even worse, a lot of women tend to gain MORE weight than they lost in the first place!

And every time you go on another diet, it gets harder and harder to lose weight!

This is very frustrating indeed.

Are You a Yo-Yo Dieter?

If what I've described sounds like you, you're a yo-yo dieter.

Yo-yo dieting is simply this:

  • START a diet, lose weight
  • STOP the diet, gain weight
  • START a diet, lose weight
  • STOP the diet, gain weight
  • START a diet, lose weight
  • STOP the diet, gain weight
  • And repeat over and over.

Yo-yo dieting is also called weight cycling.

Weight cycling means your weight cycles up and down, over and over again.

Sometimes women stay within a certain range of weight.

For example: 10 pounds lost, then 10 pounds gained.

Or 50 pounds lost, then 50 pounds gained.

But a lot of women just get heavier and heavier with each cycle.

Bad Things That Happen When You're a Yo-Yo Dieter

Scientists have discovered that yo-yo dieting (weight cycling) is super bad for your body because it changes your metabolism.

Yo-yo dieting also increases your risk for lots of diseases like Type 2 Diabetes!

You also tend to get super depressed. ☹

Here's what yo-yo dieting does to your body (it's all bad):

  • You feel hungry most of the time
  • You'll suffer from inflammation
  • You increase your risk for getting Type 2 Diabetes
  • You increase your risk for getting Heart Disease
  • You increase your risk for having a Stroke
  • You increase your risk for getting Metabolic Syndrome
  • You increase your risk for getting many chronic diseases like thyroid problems or fatty liver
  • You increase your risk for getting an eating disorder
  • You store more fat than women who don't yo-yo diet (even if you eat the same thing)
  • You increase your risk for high blood pressure
  • Your good cholesterol goes lower (that's bad)
  • Your weight tends to slowly go higher and higher and higher
  • You lose muscle mass and increase how much of you is fat
  • You tend to feel depressed and like a failure because you just can't lose weight and keep it off

35% of "normal dieters" progress to pathological dieting.

20 to 25% of those people move on to an eating disorder.

The National Eating Disorders Association

So Why Does Dieting Over and Over NOT Work?

Doing something temporary with your diet will NEVER get you permanent results in your body.

How could it? It's only temporary after all.

But that doesn't seem to stop women from trying temporary diets over and over, hoping to lose weight and keep it off.

AND to add insult to injury, the billion-dollar diet industry knows this is EXACTLY what you're going to do over and over.

Just look at this news article headline below about huge the diet industry is...

Why Yo-Yo Dieting Is Super Bad For You 2020 update

That's why there are thousands of diet companies and internet hucksters who will try to sell you the next best diet...and then 3 months later try to sell you another diet or a "new version" of the first one.

Let me save you some heartache and money:

That new temporary diet you heard about on the internet won't be any different that the last 10 or 20 diets you've tried...AND the weight will come back.

The more weight you lose and then regain when you yo-yo diet, the greater your risk for heart disease

Is It Possible To Keep The Weight Off For Good?

The good news is there IS a way to lose weight and never have it come back.

Here's how: adopt a healthy LIFESTYLE...and NEVER let it go.

That means:


Saying NO to the next fad diet. 

This probably means you'll have to stop listening to unqualified, random people in Facebook groups, on YouTube videos, and some of your friends who want to try every new thing.


Saying YES to eating healthy food for the rest of your life. 

This means you'll have to learn how to cook healthy food and not rely on processed stuff from a package or from a restaurant.


Saying YES to getting off the couch and getting daily exercise. 

This means you'll have to start being active, like taking more walks, going for a swim, a bike ride or some other physical activity you like.

Ready to Get Off the Yo-Yo Dieting Train?

We have exactly the help you need!!!

Women in our Healthy U Group Diabetes Prevention Program are saying goodbye to dieting while saying hello to a healthy LIFESTYLE every day!

HUG - keeps you on track

You see, every Monday we all get the same very small, very easy mini-assignments that only last one week...that way it's never overwhelming AND we're all in it together and supporting each other.

From eating well, to moving well, to living well, the Healthy U Group keeps you on track.

To learn about becoming a HUG Sister in our Healthy U Group, click here.

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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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