Healthy Moments Episode

The Weight Loss YoYo

Listen to Healthy moment

Jun 15, 2009 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains that repeatedly gaining and losing weight is called weight cycling and points out the potential health consequences.


Gaining and losing weight, up and down like a yo-yo, can be tough on your wardrobe and your body.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Dieting can help you lose weight, but repeatedly taking off and putting on pounds is called weight cycling, which can have consequences such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And people who weight cycle tend to gain more weight over time.

A healthy approach to weight loss is to look beyond shortcut diets and commit to lasting lifestyle changes:

• Focus on making healthy food choices, such as eating more high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables.

Shoot for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days.

And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments. ​

Related Information

Twitter Follow Healthy Moments on TwitterExternal Link Disclaimer

Click outside of the light box to close the box.