The word ‘diet’ makes some people groan and the gym fanatics whoop in victory. Dieting is the norm of today’s world, and we all know someone who is dieting. In many cases the rigorous diet regiment does wonders, but in many cases, people end up slacking and their diet plan goes down the drain. There are various advertisements, pictures in newspapers and magazines, and posts on social media that talk about dieting, but it’s usually click bait or to sell their product or service.
What is dieting?
- The process of eating food is supervised to increase and decrease weight. A plan is usually devised to suit the needs of the diet. It is usually practised by those who want to gain control of their weight, and are very health conscious.
- About one in every two teenage girls and one in every four teenage boys have resorted to dieting to change the shape of their body. In teenagers, being diet conscious may be the result of peer or familial pressure to look perfect. It manifests from psychological insecurities and distress.
- One in three girls with a healthy weight tries to diet to look ‘thin’.
Thus, there should be a thorough awareness of the downsides of dieting before taking the plunge.
The ill effects of dieting:
- Hair loss- Depriving your body of vital nutrients causes hair loss, as hair follicles do not receive the required nutrients to stay attached firmly to the scalp.
- Slower Reactions- Those who diet have slower memory processing which leads to delay in comprehending actions and instructions from the brain which causes slower responses and reactions.
- Water Imbalance– An essential requirement of the body is water. Water helps the skin to remain smooth, and being hydrated is essential all throughout the day. When you stop eating certain foods that actually stimulate water absorption and bowel movements, there is a lack of water absorption.
- Weight Gain– Contrary to popular belief, dieting doesn’t always help in weight loss. It may tip the scales and actually cause an immense weight gain. Reducing the intake of food makes you start craving more food which may lead to binging and ultimate weight gain. Not eating some foods can lead to a slower metabolism which may increase the weight.
- Low Blood Sugar Levels– Reducing the food intake may lead to fatigue and dizziness. The reduction in carbohydrates also means no sugar intake which causes Ketosis. Weakness and bad breath are just a part of the starter pack with dieting.
- Damaged Organs– Dieting deprives you of essential nutrients which are required by the organs of your body. If your diet plan doesn’t include them, it may cause damage to your healthy organs.
- Eating Disorders– This happens when the dieting is unchecked and over-dieting occur. This causes eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, which are serious problems which psychologically scar a person for life.
A healthy, balanced diet with the required exercise is the need of the hour. Using the wide array of recipe apps available, one can find recipes that are well suited to one’s dietary constraints.