As the world is shedding a great deal of light on health and wellness a growing number of people, particularly women are falling for fad diets. Many of these diets have been proven to work in the short-term but not sustainable, however most are willing to try due to dissatisfaction with their current body weight and situation. The yo-yo dieting mentality has been well explained and discussed, I have even heard about this on the Oprah show. The bottom line with yo-yo dieting is that the weight loss is achieved, sometimes quickly, but when the diet ends one will gain back the lost weight and more. Any diet that is unsustainable falls into the yo-yo category.
The bases for many diets are very restrictive which leads to the ultimate failure. This failure can imprint the mentality of the need to “do better” or “try harder.” This feeling in most can lead to feeling depressed and hopeless. As the thought of constant dieting is the up and down of each attempt, can this ebb and flow lead to problematic eating. This sense of failure and the need to try harder can lead to disordered eating where the restrictions become more intense and more time is focused on food.
Yes being health conscious, learning about how to eat and how to combine foods to achieve optimal health is a positive approach. Though many fad diets do not teach about nutrition but rather restriction. If more people understood the purpose of each food type or macronutrient and what they do for and against your body then those attempting to improve their health could make informed decisions about their food intake. Being informed and making good food choices are very different from a list of “do” and “don’t” foods without explanation. In addition, to how these diets make you feel they also alter the way in which your metabolism functions. Restrictive eating causes your body to react and continue to function with the nutrients given which often times are incomplete, lead to malnutrition and ultimately leads to malfunctioning of metabolism. In the end this can also contribute to weight gain or plateauing due to malnutrition.
In future I will drive further into food choices, macronutrients and what they do for your body. In addition, I will begin to discuss micronutrients or vitamins and supplements and the role they play in our nutrition. Also, I will discuss what yo-yo dieting does to your body as well because it does not only affect how you think about dieting and your health/weight. Making informed choices lead to better health, less restriction and sustainable lifestyles.
Stay tuned and have a great day full of informed choices and healthy lifestyle.