Do you diet? A lot? When I begin working with someone who has a weight loss goal I will ask them what they’ve done in the past to try to lose weight. They will often respond with “I did xyz and it worked. But then I gained the weight back.” I explain that it did not work because they gained the weight back. So why does this happen over and over? Why does it seem like every time you lose and gain weight it is so much harder to lose it again?
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London has reported some interesting information on how yo-yo dieting affects your metabolism. In his article Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it, Israeli scientists recreated yo-yo dieting in lab mice. They found the answer in the microbiome.
The microbiome is responsible for regulating your metabolism. According to their findings, changes to the gut microbes from frequent dieting are responsible for consistent weight gain.
While there is no “cure” or pill you can take, the article suggests you avoid calorie-counting diets that ultimately fail and focus on eating enough fiber, polyphenol-rich foods a variety of real (unprocessed) food. I agree.
You can find the article HERE.