Healthy Living

Dieting Could Reportedly Kill You Faster Than Obesity

Obesity can kill by increasing the risk of developing deadly health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. However, following a strict diet to avoid excess weight may even be deadlier.

People cut their calories and some nutrients to stay in the “healthy weight.” But the approach to smaller waistline may have more negative effects than being overweight because of weight-cycling, according to Fatherly

Weight-cycling occurs after large shifts in eating habits. A study, published in the journal Nature, explains that when people try to gain or lose some pounds, many changes occur in the body, affecting blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and microbiome.

The impact of weight-cycling mainly comes from the disrupted microbiome. That is because when people change weights, the microbes in the gut take time to adjust. 

For example, gaining weight allows microbes that support weight gain to grow. But when people start to lose weight by drastically limiting certain food, gut microbiome slowly respond to changes.

“So if you begin to regain the weight you lost before your gut bacteria catch up to where you’re at in your yo-yo cycle, the weight-gain-promoting bacteria still in your gut accelerates the process of packing on pounds, causing you to put on even more than before,” Julia Savacool of Fatherly explained in an article. 

The yo-yo effects of restrictive diets can also harm mental health. As people fail to lose weight despite trying to eat less, they become at higher risk of depression and low self-esteem.

Another deadly impact of diet is the formation of harmful fats. Some unhealthy eating plans help increase visceral fat, or belly fat, which has been linked to production of hormones that contribute to heart disease, diabetes and inflammation.

“As your weight swings higher and lower, again and again, the amount of visceral fat continues to climb, putting you at risk for equal or greater health problems than you would face if you never lost the weight to begin with,” Savacool noted. 

How To Manage Weight Properly

People can achieve a real healthy weight even without restrictive diets that force them to significantly cut their intake of calories and entire categories of foods. To avoid weight gain, be physically active and find a balanced eating plan by practicing portion control and choosing the right food that your body needs.

Diet Poor diet and significant weight gain have been linked to numerous health problems, including higher risk of obesity. Pixabay

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