The Dangers Of On & Off Dieting

If you're planning to go on a diet, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that you stick with it. Or don't bother dieting at all. Research conducted on lab rats found that when the rodents cycled between sweet-tasting and bland but nutritious foods, they experienced stress and withdrawal symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts. Further investigation revealed that levels of the stress neuropeptide corticotrophin-releasing factor were 5 times higher in the yo-yo dieting rats than a control group.

The Bigger Picture: According to these findings, it's better to not even try to diet if you can't resist frequent lapses in your eating strategy – especially when those lapses are focused on sweets. Of course, your diet can include delicious menu selections. Just try to avoid the sugary stuff and heavily-processed foods while watching your portion size. Then burn up more calories in the gym, like we mentioned in yesterday's Breaking News post.
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