Weight fluctuation can be harmful to your health if you keep losing and gaining

Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life, though, can be harmful.

We should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight. Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life — that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us battle, the so-called “yo-yo dieting” — can tax the cardiovascular system, set the stage for diabetes, slow metabolism and make it increasingly difficult to lose weight. It also can permanently stretch skin out of shape.

Weight fluctuation also increases chances of a heart attack.

“For every one-and-a-half to two-pound change in weight fluctuation, the risk of any coronary or cardiovascular event was increased by 4% and the risk of death by 9%,” Dr. Sripal Bangalore, an interventional cardiologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, told TheCardiologyAdvisor.com.

It’s normal to see your weight vary as much as four to five

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It takes six months to lose all your holiday weight. Here’s how to avoid gaining it instead.

Look, we all eventually succumb to the tantalizing aroma of warm stuffing; so savory and soft with just a hint of crunch. And even if stuffing’s not your thing, some other holiday treat will inevitably meet your lips. The season is filled with food, and our bellies are always a little rounder for it.

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While we’re gaining weight, it feels like it will be easy to lose it. Future you will be able to handle it, surely. Except here’s the truth: future you won’t lose that weight for at least six months (and don’t call me Shirley). You likely won’t get back to your lowest weight until fall of the following year, at which point you’ll proceed to gain it all back again.

And listen, this is not a pitch against eating. The decadent

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‘I Lost 100 Lbs. With The Beachbody Meal Plan After Gaining Weight From Graves’ Disease’

My name is Sarah Purvis (@sarah__purvis), and I am 34 years old. I live in Pasco, Washington, and I work for the Department of Social and Health Services. After gaining weight from treatment for a thyroid disorder and dealing with postpartum depression, I turned to Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix workouts and meal plan to lose 100 pounds.

a woman posing for a picture: Sarah P. gained weight as a result of Graves' disease treatment and postpartum depression. She used Beachbody 21 Day Fix workouts and the Portion Fix Meal Plan.

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I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, and I have tried every diet in the book. I had a very unhealthy relationship with food from an early age, often using food as a coping mechanism for emotional distress.

Back in 2011, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of

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Children are gaining extra weight in this pandemic

Childhood obesity is an issue that has increased over the years in importance for health in children. When schools closed in March and many children in fully remote-learning situations this fall, child health experts are worried that the problem will get worse. Some parents are reporting that their children are gaining weight. 

When schools are closed, kids don’t get access to a range of activities and services such as hot meals, physical and mental health check ins and exercise. Children from marginalized communities may stand to lose even more if their families cannot afford to provide healthy meals and do not have the time or resources to attend to all of their needs. These factors could lead to changes in lifestyle that could affect children’s physical and mental health. Lack of access to school meals and less exercise could lead to weight gain.

In a paper published earlier this year,

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