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Celeb Yo-Yo Dieting

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A sitcom star drops an alarming amount of weight... a rocker balloons up after her breakup... While binge eating, anorexia and bulimia have always been a concern for moms with young daughters, love/hate relationships with food aren't reserved for the young. Women everywhere are battling with food -- and celebrities are no exception. Is there a health crisis in Hollywood or are they just like millions of other women and can't get a handle on the battle of the bulge?


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We asked momlogic contributor Diane Hendericks, a.k.a. Dietician In The Kitchen, Chef & Nutritionist about the effects on yo-yo dieting and why women do it in the first place...

"Although the medical effects of yo-yo dieting haven't been fully proven, there has forever been theories about what it can do to you physically. The official term for this is called "weight cycling" and some say that it can slow down your metabolism, leave you with more fat than muscle, give you more fat around your gut and it will be harder to lose the weight again once you gain it back. As you get older, it's harder to lose pounds because your metabolism is slower. The psychological effects can also be devastating -- feeling like a failure, falling into depression and having an overwhelming lack of self-control. It can be so frustrating because you've done it before and you promised never to get back to this place."

Diane adds there are 5 reasons why celebrities' (and real women's) weight may fluctuate:

1. Women are looking for quick fixes. They want to get into shape for an event or a pair of jeans. The mind-set isn't for long term.

2. We want to make it easy so we take pills, powdered supplements, stimulants and laxatives. These are not long- term solutions and could be potentially dangerous.

3. It's about weight, not health. It shouldn't be that we're looking to lose weight, it should be that we're looking to be healthy.

4. When people decide to lose weight, they go to the gym 7 days a week. It's the all-or-nothing approach. It's unrealistic to maintain this level of intensity.

5. We try to lose weight for other people and not ourselves. We have to make decisions like this for own well-being, or it will never work.

Diane says it's best to embrace the goal of getting healthy for the long term. In most cases, the weight loss will follow as an added bonus.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous June 19, 2008, 10:29 AM

It’s so hard as we get older to keep weight off. But add emotional issues and the spotlight… I can’t imagine.

Sarah June 19, 2008, 12:00 PM

All this public scrutiny is probably why these celebs can’t keep their weight constant!

SugarPlumFairy June 19, 2008, 2:52 PM

I definitely wouldn’t want someone examining every pore, wrinkle and jiggly bit on my body. I probably would be tempted to have an eating disorder as well.

Celebrity Diet June 5, 2010, 3:41 PM

If I can just add to this; slighty off topic but I just recently acheived a monumental weight loss goal with techniques from celebrity diet plans I found out about for free on the celebeater.

Ashly Duberry January 29, 2011, 6:26 AM

I like your emphasis on planning to lose weight. Most people stumble into wanting to drop a few pounds hoping for the best. However, to shed pounds rapidly it’s essential to plan to drop pounds and have a day by day plan, otherwise you’ll fail.


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