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Avoid Crash Diets for Better Weight Control

Avoid Crash Diets for Better Weight Control

A healthy, consistent plan is your key to maintaining your weight.

A new study published in the journal Circulation shows if your weight yo-yos up and down, you may be in for an unhappy ending.

In the study, researchers looked at data from almost 7 million healthy South Koreans with no history of heart attack, diabetes, hypertension or elevated cholesterol. Then, over the following seven years, they observed that folks whose weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels stayed consistent were far healthier than folks whose levels went up . . . and down . . . and up . . . and down, even as little as 5 percent. And folks whose numbers varied the most (the top 25 percent) were 127 percent more likely to die early; 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack; and 41 percent more likely to have a stroke!

Bottom line: Avoid crash diets! The rebound weight gain can harm you. Instead, aim for losing one pound a week, and gradually see your blood pressure, glucose levels and lousy LDL cholesterol decrease. By maintaining consistency, you’ll be able to enjoy variety in your workouts, meals and the spice of life!

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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