In the past, Yo-yo dieting has always been viewed as a negative thing. However, new research has found that although this type of dieting isn’t the best way to sustain a long term weight loss change, it can help to increase you longevity.
Edward List, a researcher at Ohio Bio-technical University performed the study.
His findings, based on a study of 30 mice, found obese mice lived longer, healthier lives by repeatedly losing weight – and later regaining it – than their counterparts who remained on the high end of the scale.
He found mice that switched between a high-fat and low-fat diet every four weeks lived 25 percent longer and had better blood glucose levels than obese animals that ate a steady high-fat diet. The yo-yo dieters also lived nearly as long as the control group of mice that ate a low-fat diet.
For the yo-yo dieting mice, that meant a lifespan of 2.04 years. The obese mice lived 1.5 and the control group, 2.09 (Source).
Past research believed that rapid weight loss and rapid weight gain could be bad for your heart. This study shows that regardless of the speed of weight loss and weight gain, it still had a positive impact on your overall life span.
While we encourage everyone to find a way to have lasting weight loss, we also encourage or readers to NEVER stop trying to lose weight and be healthy. You control your own destiny and your thought patterns. Get yourself ramped up to lose weight and stay consistent in your overall goal to be healthy.\