This was stated by a study of 9,348 patients from the Wharton Medical Clinic, a weight loss clinic in Burlington, Ontario. All the details of the investigation
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How to avoid the yo-yo effect on a diet? According to a study published in the journal Obesity, not giving up on trying is the key to success. Do not believe it? Ask the 9,348 patients involved.
The yo-yo effect
Losing and gaining weight once the diet ends is a problem that often occurs in people who decide to change their diet. This is called the ‘yo-yo effect’ and is often accompanied not only by a sense of failure, but also by disappointment at the missed goal. However, a study published in the journal Obesity encourages those who go down this road and offers the key to success: Don’t stop trying. Regression from the expected result would in fact be a ‘necessary step’ to obtain an improvement in general health and a stable weight loss. How? Here is the study in detail.
With 9,348 patients at Wharton Medical Clinic, a weight loss clinic in Burlington, Ontario, the researchers collected each participant’s different stories through a questionnaire. To get a clearer picture of their situation, each patient’s weight changes over the study period were assessed. According to the findings, most patients reported losing more than 4 pounds at least once in their lives, as well as gaining too much weight before age 40. Achieving long-term success, the study emphasizes, requires not only different approaches, but also different attempts: weight recovery, relapses or moments of stalemate should therefore be experienced as a key to achieving the ultimate goal. “Our findings suggest that repeated bouts of weight loss and recovery should not be viewed as failures, but as a practice that serves to gain experience,” said Jennifer Kuk, a professor in York University’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science, lead author. Sean Wharton, co-author and director of York University’s Wharton Medical Clinic, said, “It is likely that an appropriate approach, with proven interventions such as drugs or psychological interventions, will ultimately be effective.”