So, you have finally decided it’s time to make a change and start down the path of dieting. We all have expressed those feared words at some point in our lives “I need to go on a diet.” You go online, Google “Dieting,” and you are attacked with many diet ideas such as what to do, when to do, why to do, and how to do it. Whether you have just thought about it or have already started with one, deep down you know how it’s going to go.
You are going to feel angry, depressed, and even if you somehow manage to follow a diet, it can be bad for your overall health.
Diets actually make you fatter
Diets are ineffective in the long run. Dieting does not lead to constant weight loss or health benefits for many people. The deprivation of restrictive diets may lead to a diet overeat or diet binge cycle. As your body doesn’t want you to starve, it responds to overly restrictive diets by slowing your metabolism, which of course makes it harder to lose weight. Exercise and an active lifestyle are essential for long term weight loss maintenance.
Diets can harm your health
To stay healthy and feel good you are required to get the right balance of nutrients, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and fiber, and dieting makes it harder to get your daily requirements. There are severe consequences that come with nutrient restriction and rapid weight loss. Crash diets and extreme diets can lead to slowing down of metabolism, dehydration, muscle loss, heart disease, an increased risk of Diabetes and early aging (hair loss, sagging skin and wrinkles).
Diets can harm your heart
A diet can cause heart problems depending upon how extreme your dieting is. A one-time crash diet won’t damage your heart, but doing it constantly increases the risk of heart attacks. Long-term calorie cutting leads to heart muscle loss, and the continuous cycle of losing and gaining weight (Yo-Yo effect) can harm your blood vessels.
Dieting makes you feel depressed
Dieting damages mental health, instead of making people feel better about themselves. People think that once they lose a couple of pounds, they will feel better and happy, but as it turns out, it increases the risk of depression. Dieting can be tough, and people suffer psychological stress when they are continuously asked to count calories and monitor what they eat.
Diets are designed for quick and fast results. Moreover, they are very restricted and difficult to follow for an extended period. Food is not the enemy; it’s our unhealthy beliefs and habits around food that spoil our success.
Skip the Diet, just eat Healthily!