The numbers on the scale go down, and your happiness soars; they go up, and you plummet into a frustrated, fasting mess -- over and over, up and down. They don't call it yo-yo dieting for nothing, and for many of us it can be more frustrating than trying to figure out how to deal with the skinny jeans trend. So when I read about a new discovery scientists made that could help yo-yo dieters, I got excited.
The excitement didn't last long, however, as I read beyond the headlines that proclaimed the joyous news. You see, all this test does is tell you if your blood contains a protein -- ngiotensin-converting enzyme -- that makes you more likely to gain weight back after you lose it.
Do we really need a test for that? I can already tell you who has that nasty ngiotensin-converting enzyme with no needle stick necessary. Let's see, there's Kirstie Alley, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and ME to name a few. It's kind of obvious, no?
Having a test confirm the fact would just be too depressing, frankly. Why lose the weight in the first place if we're pretty much just genetically doomed to put it back on? We may as well stay chubby, happy, and stable. I'd rather think there was a chance that if I just did something different perhaps this would be the time the pounds wouldn't creep back on instead of feeling doomed to dieting disaster. I need some hope.
The test is still years off, so there's no use worrying about it too much at this point. And really, every little piece of the weight loss puzzle helps, though whether it will ever come to tell us what we want to hear -- that there's an easy way to get thin and stay thin without eating right and exercising -- is unclear. Hopefully it will eventually lead to a way to help people keep the pounds at bay.
In the meantime, I'm going to forget I ever heard of this protein that I probably have running through my blood dooming my dieting endeavors.
Would you want to know if you have the protein that makes you more susceptible to yo-yo dieting?
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