Did you know that if you eat for good nutrition and disease prevention your weight will take care of itself? And in fact, new research shows that the drastic calorie-cutting strategies of your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s can set you up for bone fractures, weak muscles, and weight gain in your 50’s and onward.
Here are 10 reasons why you should not diet, by Author Frances M Bergin her book Woman Afraid to Eat: Breaking free in today’s obsessed World.
1. Diets don’t work. Dieters Do not lose weight in a lasting way.
Dieting causes short term weight loss, continuing no more than six months, followed by weight gain. Often more weight is gained than is lost. (Studies show that people who diet are more likely to become overweight than those who eat normally.)
2. Dieting can cause lasting injury and death.
Sudden death from heart arrhythmia or electrolyte imbalance is a real risk factor. Each year dieting is related to sever health damage and deaths in the United States.
3. Dieting disrupts normal body processes.
Rapid weight loss puts the body into a stressful, defensive state. The body tries to protect itself against weight loss by lowering metabolism, heart rate, temperature and sexual function. In addition, there is a drop in intellectual, emotional and social activity.
4. Dieting causes weight cycling (yo-yoing up and down).
Research shows higher death rates associated with weight cycling.
5. Dieters often feel tired, lightheaded, and have difficulty concentrating.
They may lack essential nutrients, including high quality iron, zinc, protein and sufficient calories.
6. Dieting is the primary precursor to eating disorders.
Many experts believe the increasingly high rate of eating disorders in the United States is due, at least in part, to the high percentage of people who are dieting and restricting food.
7. Dieting leads to binge eating, disordered and chaotic eating.
Dieting disrupts normal eating. Dieters override inner signals of hunger and satiety, so they may no longer know when they are hungry or when they are full, and eat accordingly.
8. Dieting causes food preoccupation.
People who diet spend more time thinking about food and eating. This “Drive to Eat” when food is limited is believed to be a natural survival trait defending against starvation.
9. Dieting diminishes women, and increasingly men and children.
Dieting focuses attention on appearance, rather than self-worth, talent and personal fulfillment. Unfortunately, dieting mothers become role models for dieting children.
10. Dieters put their lives on hold, “waiting to be thin.”
Instead of playing the anticipation game, accept yourself an others. You’re okay, just as you are. Move on to healthy living- live actively, eat well, eat good for you food, feel good about yourself – and let weight come off as a result. You deserve the best, right now.
After reading these 10 reasons it is clear to see that Diets are not in our best interest and lead to many problems now and later in life.
Did you know that we are more obese now than when the low- fat diet craze started in the 1980’s? This is just one example of a diet that has had negative impact on society at a national level.
If you are interested in reading more about the low-fat diet craze and some experts views on the subject CLICK HERE to read some interviews done by PBS under the topic “Did the Low-Fat era make us fat?”
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