(Best Syndication News ) - Yo-yo dieting is when a person loses and regains weight in a continual cycle. Researchers from Ohio University – Athens found that mice who did yo-yo dieting outlived the mice that remained obese. The study will be presented today at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.
The best option to living longer is to remain at a constant healthy weight. Lead investigator, Edward List, PhD, a scientist at Ohio University, Athens wanted to find out if yo-yo dieting is as harmful as it has been made out to be. He said that very little scientific evidence shows the harmfulness of yo-yo dieting.
The study used mice because they could easily control the diet as well as measure the duration of lifespan. One group was put in a yo-yo dieting regimen while the other group remained obese their whole life. The third group remained on a low fat diet as a control.
There were a total of 30 mice involved in this study. One group of 10 received only a high-fat diet, another group of 10 received only a low-fat diet, the remaining 10 were put on a four week high-fat diet and then a four week low-fat diet to simulate a yo-yo diet.