Weight loss hysteria seems to peak post-Christmas, when people are more desperate to lose any extra weight gained over the holidays and finally "trim down" in the new year. Perhaps you too have grown weary of the latest diet that promises tempting yet unrealistic results. At the risk of losing any readers who love number crunching and vehemently watching the scales, I feel the truth must be told!
Weight cycling brought on by years of yoyo or crash dieting is unhealthy. A huge amount of research shows that putting on weight, losing weight (putting on more, losing a little), over and over again, is detrimental to our physical, mental, and emotional health. And it crushes the spirit.
The kicker is that dieting almost never results in the permanent weight loss people want in the first place! In fact, the longer someone has been dieting, the heavier (and more frustrated) they tend to become. Weight loss dieting research shows that: '1/3 to 2/3 of the weight is regained within one year, and almost all is regained within 5 years.'