You gain weight, you lose some and then you gain some more.
Then you start to wonder if you'll ever get back to your old weight, worried that you've messed up that chance completely.
This phenomenon is called yo-yo dieting or weight cycling. No matter what you call it, it's a vicious and frustrating cycle for 40 percent of men and women in the Western world who are trying to lose weight or stay trim.
But a new study shows that yo-yo dieting will not affect your overall weight loss goals and does not negatively impact your metabolism.
Although severe yo-yo dieters were, on average, almost 20 pounds heavier than the women who were not yo-yo dieters when the study began, at the end of the study the researchers found no significant differences between those who had a history of yo-yo dieting and those who did not.
The weight cycling did not affect the women's ability to successfully participate in diet or exercise programs, the study authors reported. Yo-yo dieting also did not affect the percentage of body fat and lean muscle mass gained or lost among the women, they noted.
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