• Cardiovascular

    Women’s Wellness: Drastic weight cycling is hard on your heart

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Women aren't the only people who try crash diets, but often it's women who seem to end up doing what's labeled yo-yo dieting. It's also called weight cycling and research shows it's hard on your heart.

Dr. Amy Pollak says one way to avoid the problems associated with yo-yo dieting is to eat according to the Mediterranean diet, which incorporates fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, low-fat dairy and using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to Dr. Pollak about the health risks of yo-yo dieting and how to work in a healthier, stable eating plan.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:56) is in the downloads. Read the script.

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