Dangers of Restrictive Diet Programs
With the holiday’s approaching fast,and people setting new years resolution to get healthier and lose weight( It is the number one resolution people make and also the most common one to be broken), many people think that if they eat a low calorie diet they will lose weight . This is not usually the case. They save the days calories to binge that night on alcohol, sweets and a copious amounts of food. Yes, they do lose weight, but as soon as they start to eat again they gain it all back!
Losing weight using a restrictive diet program is not effective in the long run – most dieters gain back their weight and more. It can also be hazardous to your health.
If a certain food group is avoided, there can be a gap in the nutrition that the dieter is taking in, and this will create deficiency in the long run. Nutrient deficiency is one of the main causes of cravings, which of course can lead to binging and weight gain.
If calorie intake is restricted, the body will slow down metabolism, and when the diet program is over and food intake is back to normal, the body is not burning as much calories and the dieter will gain the weight back just by eating the normal amount.
Restricted caloric intake affects metabolism and can have an impact on thyroid function, and can potentially lead to hypothyroidism.
Restrictive diets are not sustainable. It can be alienating, and have an impact on the dieter’s social life. Sometimes these protocols require supplements because certain foods are eliminated, and supplements can be expensive.
If body fat level drops too low, it can lead to irregular periods (or absence of period altogether). This is caused by low estrogen level – which can also lead to osteoporosis.
On the other hand, a balanced lifestyle that includes a variety of wholesome foods is sustainable, and is the best way to combat cravings (cravings often lead to weight gain). A few dietary and lifestyle changes can lead to pleasurable and effortless weight loss that can bring you a lifetime of benefits.
Get off the diet train and work toward long term results
The first step toward healthy living is recognizing that health really does come in every size. In our photoshopped and image-obsessed world it’s easy to think that everyone needs to fit into a size 0 pair of jeans. The truth it there are very unhealthy skinny people just like there are very healthy larger people. Size is not a good indication for health on either end of the spectrum.
Of course, being over weight does bring some health concerns, and losing weight may be important for some. But short term, restrictive diets are not the answer. In fact, you may be surprised by how many calories you really need to lose weight in a healthy way. It is probably more than you think it is. Increasing fats, the good fats are also important in maintaining a healthy weight as well.The way we do this is to eat real food, learn to manage stress, don’t eat your emotions and find a way that empowers you with knowledge to make the best decisions that you can to have a healthy, enjoyable relationship with food especially during the holidays.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.
With much love,