You have probably heard about yo-yo dieting, but have you ever heard of yo-yo fitness? Our body adjusts to our fitness level the same way it adjusts to our diets, including the dreaded yo-yo effect. However, knowledge is power, so let's learn how our body adjusts, so we can take advantage of the benefits and avoid the negatives.
Two of the main benefits of our body adjusting to fitness, are building up endurance and increased metabolism when you build muscle mass (we burn more calories when we are resting). The two main negatives of our body adjusting, are that endurance leads to a reduced number of calories being burned during the same activity and the yo-yo effect.
The yo-yo effect happens when we do a temporary fitness burst, especially if the burst is mainly aerobic and intense. When we go back to normal life, we gain weight more quickly just like after yo-yo dieting. The definition of fitness burst in this context is a month or two of consistent activity. Think of temporary New Year's resolutions and intense weight-loss activity to fit into that swimsuit on vacation.
Watch the video to find out some ways to take advantage of this information.