Almost everyone has heard of someone that has lost weight
very quickly, but then he/she gained it back just as fast.
Why is that? Nutritionists have found out there are several reasons that extreme dieting can be a bad choice for weight loss.
The body is not meant to endure the process in which it causes. In fact, extreme dieting causes a cycle that is hard to overcome. There are five ways that this way of dieting is not the right way to lose weight:
1. Fatigue Leads to Unhealthy Choices
The body functions by consuming and using calories. They are energy, therefore calories that are withheld will result in fatigue. The body’s organs and systems require adequate amounts of energy to function properly.
When people lack energy, they will often overeat or indulge in foods that are higher in calories
When people lack energy, they will often overeat or indulge in foods that are higher in calories. The body feels like it must make up for the lack of energy, which can lead to then getting too much.
2. Diets Lower Metabolism
Metabolism is the rate at which bodies uses calories for energy. Not only does withholding food cause fatigue, but it also lowers metabolism.
This is due to the body being put into shock that energy is not available to be used. The lower metabolism causes weight gain once the dieter finally does eat something.
3. A Link Between Mental Illness and Diets
We have all heard that some people go on diets are doing so because they have eating (mental) disorders. But did you know dieting itself can lead to eating disorders? People don’t usually diet because they have an eating disorder that causes them to want that.
Often times, they are just choosing the wrong way to diet, and it leads to an eating disorder that becomes a vicious cycle of emotional struggles.
4. Diets Cause Nutrient Deficiencies
Nutritionists have found that it is almost impossible to get the necessary nutrients from the varieties and amounts of diet foods on the market. Not giving the body the required nutrients causes it to not function properly.
An example of this is the magnesium nutrient found in high calorie foods that extreme dieting doesn’t allow, such as in avocados and dark chocolate. Magnesium deficiencies are link to negative health issues like poor memory, insomnia, tremors, and so on. Cutting out a lot of food will cut out many nutrients the body needs.
5. Long-term Weight Gain Can Occur From Dieting
As stated above, reducing too many calories will lower the body’s metabolism. While an initial cut in calories will result in some weight falling off, it is only temporary. The body goes into shock from not getting enough energy, and will then recuperate by holding onto everything. This means that weight loss is short-term, then weight gain becomes long-term. What’s more – the weight gained from this can be even more than what was lost. So extreme diets may cause some immediate weight loss, but it will lead to even more gain.
Dieting is not a short-term quick fix. A healthy diet and successful weight loss plan involves some life changes. Nutritionists suggest tailoring a diet plan that is right for you. Don’t cut out foods or do any drastic measures. Take gradual steps, such as slowly adding vegetables and increasing water intake. By slowly changing habits, the body can adjust more easily and lead to long-term weight loss.