Between the ads on Instagram or Facebook and the billboards that pave our streets, we cannot escape the fad of diets.
Social networks, health magazines (so-called “health”) or fitness, we hear articles on the benefits of drastic diets.
It almost becomes an obsession. We should all have the same body type and should be thin to look good.
There is no longer any tolerance or acceptance for different body types or body types. The standards are imposed by stars of social networks sponsored by diet products.
But also cosmetic surgery companies. Yep, like that, if you don’t pass their diet, you can always call on their cosmetic service. Win-win!
But, I would like to reiterate that just because you have extra pounds does not mean that you are in poor health.
The most important thing is to pay attention to your blood pressure and blood tests. And if you don’t have energy issues, fatigue, or pain throughout the day, you don’t need to worry.
Still, there is one thing these articles don’t tell you. There are two things we are hiding from you.
1. These diets are often ineffective since they do not lead to lasting weight loss.
2. These diets are dangerous for your health.
Moreover, today, I’m going to give you four reasons not to go on draconian diets:
1. The power of marketing.
Many diets use formulations that are hard not to believe because they seem so convincing. It is because they claim to “cleanse” or “detoxify” your body, resulting in “immediate weight loss and fat burning““.
The point is, your body already has organs, like the liver, that work to detoxify your body naturally.
Your intestines cleanse your body with fiber and water. Dieting doesn’t wash or burn fat.
Another phrase is often used to promote diet: “quick and easy weight loss”. I bet you’ve seen it dozens of times.
While it may be true, rapid weight loss is dangerous and unsustainable. When you lose weight for a short period, you burn fat faster.
It can lead to ketosis, a high level of ketones in the blood and urine, which can be toxic.
Losing weight too quickly can also mean that muscles are becoming a vital source of energy. The more muscles work to burn energy, the smaller they become and the weaker they become.
These phrases lead to the irrational belief that the diet will “cure everything”. In short, we make you believe that it is a magic pill that will solve all your problems.
And when a diet doesn’t work, you blame yourself. It breeds even more guilt, doubt, and shame, prompting you to go on other diets and continue this unproductive and vicious cycle.
2. Your metabolism is slowing down.
Metabolism is the number of calories needed to fuel your body to perform vital functions to keep you alive.
When you eat more, your metabolism increases; when you eat less, your metabolism goes down. On a regular diet, you reduce calorie intake, which slows down your metabolism.
At first, weight loss occurs due to calorie restriction, but over time, any weight loss ends up reaching a stagnant level.
It indicates that your internal metabolism has slowed down to adjust to the number of calories consumed. It often leads people to “push harder” on calorie restriction and exercise to achieve a negative energy balance.
Of course, this can lead to further weight loss and then, as expected, a new stagnant level. The cycle of “one-upmanship” continues, as does the disappointment of the results.
Most of the time, people give up on a diet and revert to their old eating habits.
3. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be dangerous for your health.
By eliminating food groups from your diet, you risk suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
So, when you go on a one-diet diet, when you follow a diet based on one food for an extended time, it can be dangerous for you.
You are not getting all of the necessary nutrients by eating only one food or a small handful of foods in other diets.
You decrease fibre and B vitamins by cutting out starchy foods such as oatmeal, wholemeal bread, potatoes, and rice.
Eliminating dairy products will reduce critical sources of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Refraining from fruit consumption lowers many nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
Even overeating protein, a classic recommendation of many diets, can harm your kidneys. Excess protein can stress and dehydrate the body, and in some cases, lead to acute kidney failure.
When broken down after ingestion, proteins break down into a larger molecule and are more difficult for the kidneys to process.
4. After a diet, you gain weight much more quickly.
Diets don’t teach you to eat well or to control portions. Besides, you ignore what you eat, and you don’t appreciate your food.
Diets teach you which foods to restrict, which foods to avoid, and the fastest way to lose weight. The problem is this: the metabolism slows down during the dieting process.
When a person returns to their old eating habits and eats more calories, they gain weight. It is the main reason why people who follow strict diets end up regaining all of the lost weight, if not more.
The next time you plan to go on a diet, consider these factors. Dieting is never a guarantee that you will look better, feel better, or become a better person.
It could result in more harm than good.