Dieting can be a good thing and a bad thing. It can help maintain a normal weight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. When done right, dieting can help keep the pounds off successfully.
But unfortunately, dieting can be dangerous too. Fad diets, in particular, can lead to a vicious cycle of losing and gaining weight. This is called yo-yo dieting. Getting over this vicious cycle is difficult for most dieters because dieting has become so ingrained into their daily lives that unhealthy dieting becomes part of their lifestyle.
The Dangers of Diet Deprivation
Fad diets offer short-term results, but these programs won’t keep the pounds off for long. Worse, imbalanced diet can cause a wide range of health problems too.
Shunning Important Food Groups
The majority of diet programs put dieters under severely strict measures to lose weight. These measures typically include shunning one or more important food groups. For example, the banana diet and the cabbage diet require eating nothing but a single food for a certain number of days. Well-known diet programs like Atkins, the Zone, and South Beach diet depend on protein to induce weight loss while eliminating complex and simple carbohydrates. Simple and complex carbohydrates are needed by the body to complete all its many biological processes. Without it, you will not get the energy you need to stay active.
Triggers Muscle Loss
Because most fad diets depend on restrictive measures to induce weight loss, a dieter’s nutrient intake becomes limited too. When you don’t get enough supply of these nutrients, the body will start digesting itself for energy. This can lead to muscle loss, general weakness, and increased stored fat.
Puts the Body in Starvation Mode
When you start depriving yourself, the brain puts the body into starvation mode. And when this happens, the body will start holding on to as much fat as it possibly can. This can lead to a slow metabolic rate, uncontrollable eating, and intense cravings. The constant tug of war between cravings and deprivation causes the body to over-eat.
How to Break Away from Diet Deprivation
Stop Falling for Fad Diets
Instead of jumping from one fad diet to another, stop dieting altogether. Instead of depriving yourself, learn how to eat healthily. Do not hold the thought that the only way to slim down is by starving yourself. Make better lifestyle choices and introduce regular exercise to your everyday schedule. You don’t have to perform intense workout to lose weight. Walking for at least 10 minutes is a great enough start. Once the body is ready for a more challenging workout, then consider adjusting the length of time it takes for you to exercise every day.
Don’t expect instant results days after making better lifestyle choices. It takes time to see results from your hard work! Don’t give yourself a too-tight deadline to lose weight from your non-diet routine. Just embrace the idea that you don’t have to stick to a severely restrictive diet.
It helps to surround yourself with people who understand exactly what you are going through. You can seek support from friends and family or join various support, groups. Take your new lifestyle a step further by working with a registered dietitian. Your nutritionist will help you develop a better diet and lifestyle approach to staying healthy!