Seduced by a new hot diet that promises to help you shed pounds quickly, almost effortlessly, no exercise required? While the concepts might be tempting, they are too good to be true most of the time. But fad diets aren't just ineffective. They can be downright dangerous. Learn more about the reasons you should say NO! to dieting.
Dieting seems to be the route most people take when trying to
shed a few unwanted pounds. While there are plenty of cautionary
tales regarding the yo-yo effect associated with most of these
diets and other risk factors that have to be taken into account,
many people still choose to go on this rather risky path. If you
would like to consider both the benefits and the disadvantages that
come with going for the latest popular diet plans, here are a few
things that you might like to take into account:
Crash diets don't work over the long term and are not supported by research. Long term weight loss cannot be achieved by a temporary shift in behavior and this is often reflected in the ease with which may dieters go back to their original weight or even gain a few extra pounds.
Often, the many restrictions imposed by dieting actually lead to
binge eating later on. Moreover, many diet plans that make
extraordinary claims have little if any research to back up the
claims or to prove effectiveness. Lack of scientific evidence is
generally a good way to recognize an ineffective or potentially
Diets can encourage eating disorders. This effect might not be visible right away, however, dieting often encourages labeling food as good or bad, which might cause dieters to avoid even beneficial foods that might be discouraged in the diet plan. Moreover, because many diets are focused severely on restricting calories, finding balance and maintaining the new weight can be difficult which might cause dieters to create an imbalanced eating style and even develop eating disorders.
Lack of energy and metabolism slowdown. Lack of energy is
a common side effect of dieting. Wonder why exercising is
discouraged in some diet plans? A good guess would be that these
diets offer too little energy to begin with due to their
restrictions, so it becomes difficult to exercise. A decrease in the
metabolic rate is also fairly likely as the body can go into
Long term heath risks. Aside from weight gain, there are a lot of other reasons why crash dieting should be discouraged. There are various studies that seem to pinpoint the fact that yo-yo dieting in teen years might increase the risk for serious illnesses such as osteoporosis later on. Even beauty related problems such as skin problems or hair loss can occur as a result of dieting.
Body issues and lack of confidence. While it is almost impossible not to be affected by the standards endorsed by the media today, dieting can make matters even worse. Because of deprivation that comes with some diets, the motivation levels can easily drop and a sense of powerlessness can sometimes settle in if the dieter sees these setbacks as a reflection of her own abilities. Plus, the constant preoccupation with food can also make one feel less at ease in social circumstances.
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