Diet is supposed to be a balanced intake of all types of nutrients. It is aimed towards healthy eating and living. However, God knows what people try to mean these days by saying they are on diet.
Most people who are on ‘diet’ seem to hate their natural shape and run on low self-esteem. The new definition of diet has become this way- trying to have a weight loss by an apparent ‘healthy eating’, or body sculpting which in actuality deprives your body from getting the essential, well-balanced nutrients and calories. Thus, what they try so hard to achieve turns into losing what they already have—vitality.
Crash dieting, no matter how much people are warned of its dire consequences, remains a popular take to lose weight. Most people are not aware of the real facts behind dieting. Running after trend and idolizing advertised models have always been the greatest folly humankind has ever made.
Here I would like to discuss the truth about modern day dieting and how you are misinterpreting the advice from your favorite health show.
- Most of all dieters regain their lost weight and more within 1 to 5 years making it a proven fact that dieting is not a permanent setup. No wonder why the actors of Bollywood faint or the size-zero models have to continuously be on strict eating schedule and still they faint at the drop of a hat.
- If dieting occurs in repetitive cycles of gaining, losing & regaining weight, the effects have proved to be detrimental, including increased risk of heart disease, reduced metabolism rate, etc.
- By what you call dieting, you actually starve your body. This starvation mode has a very negative effect on your health. Many of the normal body functions slow down in order to conserve energy, which in turn slows down metabolism.
- Dieters often miss important nutrients. For example, the essential nutrient calcium is totally ignored, leaving the dieters at risk for osteoporosis (brittle bones at an adult age due to deficiency in calcium), stress fractures and broken bones.
- Your muscular strength wears down and so does your endurance, your body fails to utilise the optimum amount of oxygen, you face a problem of thinning hair, loss of coordination, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Symptoms of weakness and fainting are common. Did you know that dieting even weakens your heart?
- With everything becomes slow due to the reduced intake of nutrients, your brain too becomes slow on the uptake. Medical studies indicate that people on diets have slower reaction times and a lesser ability to concentrate than people not on a diet.
- Trying to obsess on what to eat and what not to eat, the dieters take a toll on their memory power and cognitive responses.
- Stresses, feelings of depression are definite consequences because the person suffers from low self-esteem out of dissatisfaction about their physique.
- Dieting can lead to an eating disorder such as anorexia (starving the body) leading to bulimia (overeating tendency). Many studies and many health professionals note that patients with eating disorders were dieting at the time of the development of their eating disorder.
Dieting may not be the direct cause of an eating disorder but the constant concern about body weight and shape, fat grams and calories can triggers a vicious cycle of body dissatisfaction and obsession, ultimately leading to mental disorder that takes the shape of eating disorder.
Over to you
I hope you can now understand that there is more than what meets the eye about this dieting phenomenon. It escalates to a mental disorder that slowly withers you from within. So beware before you think about dieting. Think very well about what good that will do to you. Keeping these in mind, you will know that it will be easier for you to decide the right thing. If you are not very flabby, then there is really no need to cut down on food intake. A bit of exercise is enough to treat those love handles. Eating right should remain the key. Without food, you cannot expect to go on.
Hence, a diet should always be a proper food intake and not starving the body. What’s your diet plan and how you make it healthy?