The Dangers of Dieting After the Holidays

Dacy Knight

As you set out your resolutions for the New Year, there are a few precautions to keep in mind if self-betterment in 2017 has anything to do with shedding some pounds. The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster for our bodies, with a sudden influx of all sorts of indulgences from feasting to drinking too much to forgoing the gym for less-demanding pleasures. If you're gearing up to return to or adopt an extreme diet packed with just the nutrients you need and strict portion sizes, a recent study sheds some light on what yo-yo dieting does to your health.

Diet affects the composition of microbes within our bodies and microbial ecology may have an important influence on our ability to keep weight off. In the study, performed by Immunologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, researchers found that microbes may leave a residual "signature" even after dieting. This makes your body more susceptible to regain weight after a diet, especially if that diet succeeded a moment in time your physiology was exposed to "obesity-promoting conditions." Researchers used mice to confirm these tests and most of the study results are too boring to include in this write-up. Treating yourself with antibiotics after weight loss to promote your microbial ecology has been shown to return patients to pre-diet and pre-weight gain health but comes with a risk of creating other problems related to microbial health.

Head to the comments to share your 2017 wellness resolutions, and check out everything you need to kick-start a healthy eating habit here. 

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