Why you should not diet? Before giving any fact and point, I want to share something with you. Six months ago, the first thing I used to do in the every morning was to stand sideways in the bathroom mirror and check the profile of my belly. Am I bloated? AM I heavier?
It made me feel happy when my belly looked smaller. Controlling my carbs yesterday had worked! It was worth it to go to bed with a tinge of hunger! Being able to wear my tight top was a short-term goal. THIS means I was a success for me.
Other days — it seemed like I am getting fat. I wouldn’t get to wear the tight top and I would feel guilty eating carbs today.
Sometimes I restricted my carbs with a thought that my belly would get flatter. It made me feel better about myself.
I’m sure many of you went through a similar experience.
This is the cycle actually:
The word “diet” is inescapable today, no matter how hard you try to tune it out. Television ads, billboards, social media, and almost every health, fitness, and fashion magazine promote them, critique them, and basically obsess over them. Let’s take a look at diet.
What is “Diet”?
The word “diet” originates from the Greek word “diaita”, literally meaning “manner of living”. Today, dieting is considered as a quick fix solution for overwhelming obesity issues. It implies restriction and limitation of favourite foods and drinks.
These days, whatever the name, most diet plans bring short-term weight loss that harms mental and physical health.
Also, most diets fail most of the time, and repeated diet failure is a negative indicator of the long term weight loss.
If I can’t maintain my weight, I am failed, this kind of though can give you a short term solution but it also brings long term harmful physical and mental consequences.
What Are The Harmful Effects Of Dieting?
Dieting emphasizes food as “good” or “bad”, as a reward or punishment, and increases food obsessions. Unsatisfied hunger increases mood swings and risk of overeating. Here, are some more disadvantages of dieting.
Metabolism is the quantity of calories required to fuel our bodies to perform different activities. When we consume more, our metabolism level goes high and at the same time when we eat less, our metabolism goes down.
In a regular diet plan, you reduce caloric intake, slowing your metabolism. Initially, it would show but with time any weight loss will eventually plateau. It shows one’s internal metabolism has slowed down to match the number of calories taken.
Gain Weight Again After “Diet”
Diet would not teach us to eat balanced, control portions, and enjoy our food. It guides us to restrict, the foods to avoid, and the fastest way to lose weight.
So when you go back to your previous eating habits after diet and you eat more calories, gain weight.
It is one of the major reasons why those who go on strict diets end up gaining all the lost weight back, if not more.
Lack Of Certain Vitamins And Minerals
When you eliminate food groups and specific foods from your diet, you may go through the risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This is a fact that by eating just one food, or a small handful of foods, you can’t ingest all the required nutrients.
When you avoid starches like oatmeal, whole grain bread, potatoes, and rice, it would decrease fiber and B Vitamins. Eliminating dairy will reduce major sources of protein, calcium, and Vitamin D.
Abstaining from fruit will lessen many nutrients like fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A.
While following any diet, your decrease the carbohydrate intake, restricting the amount of fiber you’re consuming each day. As fiber is only found in plant foods like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.
It badly affects your digestive system, causing constipation, diaherra, and potentially long-term GI troubles.
The human body runs on carbs to function. If you restrict the carbs intake, it can put some serious stress on bodies-particularly on the hormones.
According to the study of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center found, low-crab diets can boost our body’s supply of cortisol-that pesky stress hormone. This can badly affect your mood, menstrual cycle, thyroid, and much more.
Creativity and Life Purpose
This is not something I have researched a lot but I experienced this in my life. And, you cannot ignore this. It may be possible that many of you went through the same situation.
During the dieting, I followed all the rules — food rules and life rules. Thereafter, I didn’t have the mental stamina or energy to challenge authority, assert my true self, and express my creativity.
But when I released my mental energy and left the anxiety from dieting, I could see growth in myself, my creativity went higher.
Many diets use wording that you cannot stop yourself believing because it sounds so convincing. They claim to “cleanse” or “detox” our body causing “immediate weight loss and fat burn.”
Don’t trap in such fictional wording. You should know that our body already has organs, like the liver, that function to detoxify our bodies. Our intestines cleanse our bodies via fiber and water.
Impact on Your Child
I can’t say the same for everyone. But I knew and decided to criticize my body after watching my mother’s relationship.
Those mothers who keep talking about their weight, shape, or size are more likely to have daughters with lower self-esteem.
Their daughters would go through the same situation and feel depressed. They may use dangerous weight control methods like binging, purging, diuretics, and laxatives for it.
My mother wasn’t the only woman, who impacted my fear of food, it happens everywhere. When an adult lady made a fearful comment for her body, I took it in, and subconsciously turned it upon myself.
It is our duty to uproot the body hatred that poisons our daily words — our daughters, nieces, and students are listening. It would make your daughters feel FREE.
So next time when you plan for dieting, consider these factors. Dieting never guarantees you’ll look better, feel better, or become a better person. In fact, more harm than good can come from them.
But Isn’t Weight Loss Important For Health?
A well-maintained body is the symbol of happy living. When you carry excess weight, it actually hinders your quality of life. Don’t get worried about a few pounds, but if you are really overweight, you must do something to burn your extra fat.
So How Can I Lose Weight Safely?
Don’t go for a diet! Eat healthy meals and snacks and do exercise, it effectively helps you lose weight and support normal growth. When you regularly do physical activities, help you feel healthier and better.
The perfect way to lose weight is to eat a variety of healthy food. Focus on eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains, and replace all sugary drinks like sports drinks or sodas with water. Here are some more ways to achieve weight loss:
Easy Ways to Lose Weight Naturally
- Physical activity! Be active every day. Walk in the event and morning, sign up for a fitness class, and find a sport you like or dance in your bedroom. No matter what you do — just move!
- Replace all your sugary drinks with fat-free, low-fat milk, or water.
- Go for different types of protein foods including lean meat and poultry, seafood, beans, soy products, and nuts.
- Try to consume whole grains (like whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal); it gives fiber to help you feel full.
- Never skip your breakfast. Several studies have shown that people who eat breakfast do better in work, tend to eat less throughout the day, and are less likely to be overweight.
- Limit eating meats high in fat (like burgers and hot dogs), fried foods, sweets, and other junk food.
- Don’t take diet pills or supplements, even ones you get over-the-counter.
- If you are still worried about your weight, talk with your doctor or a registered dietician.
Bottom Line- Why You Should Not Diet
Present-day, my relationship with food is peaceful, intuitive, and easy… even after my history of anorexia, weight anxiety, and food obsession. Because I have changed my beliefs.
To get a comprehensive diet and maintain a healthy weight, focus on a sustainable long term plan for following well-maintained eating habits. It includes a variety of food choices without a lot of restrictions.
Some people think that they would be happy if they get thin body. But no! Let me tell you no body type can take your away m from weight anxiety. But, your self-perception and your eating habits determine if you have body confidence.
That’s it for now. Hope, you enjoy the article. Don’t forget to share your point of view on Why You Should Not Diet.
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