Aamir Khan's shocking weight gain: Dangers of yo-yo dieting
- Studies suggest that yoyoing may increase risk for health problems.
- High blood pressure and cholesterol are just to name a few.
- Strength of your muscles is affected by repeated weight loss and gain.
- Weight fluctuations over a short period of time may cause premature death.
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan can go to any length when it comes to fitting the character for his films. His upcoming movie Dangal, in which he plays a wrestler, is no exception. According to reports, the actor had gone from 68 to a whopping 95 kilos for the role, which has his mother and wife extremely concerned.
And they should be, because such constant weight fluctuation can cause some serious health issues for the actor. Speaking about the challenge, Aamir mentions, "I am 95 kilos right now and that’s enough for the character. My breathing has changed… when I tie my laces, my stomach comes in between. After 20 seconds, I have to take a deep breath."
“My mom and my wife are very worried about me; they feel I am playing with my health. Even I feel the same,” he added.
This kind of repeated loss and regaining of five kgs or more over a five-year period is known as yoyo dieting. It is the result of unhealthy starvation dieting followed by eating binges. If you too have been indulging in such sudden and frequent weight changes, you should be well aware of what it can do to your body. And by that we mean all of the following:
The ill effects of yoyo diet
Serial dieting can change the way you feel because low levels of blood sugar - a direct result of a low intake of carbohydrates - can affect the production of the brain chemical serotonin. No wonder, mood swings will be regular guests.
- People also have experienced the frustrations of yo-yoing in the form of a damaged self-esteem. A study presented to this year's American Psychological Association's conference reported that women who go on 'quick-fix' diets risk ruining their marriages. It is because their spouses fail to understand the anxiety and obsession accompanied with dieting.
- Some studies suggest that weight cycling may increase risk for certain health problems. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and gallbladder disease.
- The pattern of repeated weight loss and gain can affect the strength of muscles, leading to poor muscle tone and, as a result, weak muscles. A lack of protein—the essential building block and fuel for muscles-- will not let muscle cells form properly or carry out on their work.
- According to some studies, wide fluctuations in weight over a relatively short period of time may raise a woman's blood pressure, possibly leading to heart disease. Result: You could die a premature death!
- Similar to many starvation diets, yo-yoing results in temporary vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This is especially true for B vitamins, iron and zinc. Because our skin is constantly producing new cells, it needs vitamins and minerals on regular basis.
- A lack of iron can result in skin problems, especially dermatitis. Low-calorie diets can result in iron deficiency, leading to anaemia (a reduced level of the oxygen-carrying pigment haemoglobin in the blood). This can cause restlessness, tiredness and fatigue as well as headaches.
- Some studies have concluded that yo-yoing promotes weight gain because the body responds by adapting to low energy intakes, making it harder to lose weight and easier to regain it on each cycle.
While Aamir Khan has plans to shed off his weight gain by December this year, we can only wish that he does so safely. While we love his PK look, certainly not at the cost of his life.
P.S. Do comment if you think Aamir is justified in going to any length to look the part.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team May 26, 2015
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