Diets – To eat or not to eat – that is the question?
The word 'diet' is currently very popular in today's culture and time. You only have to enter the word ‘diet’ into the search engine and you get an incredible amount of information presented to you in seconds; mono-diets, watermelon diets, protein and by blood group type diets. There are websites out there that offer you more than 60 different types of diets. All of them claim to ‘give you quick results in a short time period with absolutely no harm to your health’. Alas, this is very misleading. Of course, If you go to a doctor first, weigh yourself, carry out a diagnostic of your overall health, plan your weight loss programme that you will follow, then a diet will be beneficial for you.
However, we are talking about those diets that are selected solely on the basis of ‘how to lose weight quickly’ without prior consultation with a specialist. These diets can bring adverse effects and it is a real stress for our body that have severe consequences. Those who repeatedly tried to diet, noticed that it is harder and harder to lose weight with each attempt. Your body remembers the diet as an extreme case, and each time the resistance to it becomes stronger.
The apparent simplicity and a rather remarkable efficiency, especially during the first attempt, brings huge psychological harm. A person rejoices when notices a change in weight, and doesn’t want to think that the process of losing weight is a holistic approach, involving gradual and regular increase in physical activity. Reliable and long results can be achieved only by changing eating habits and your lifestyle completely.
In the absence of strenuous exercise, consumption of one type of food leads to weight loss largely due to the muscle tissue, especially if it is a low protein diet. Reducing the percentage of muscle tissue in the body leads to a reduction in metabolism.
Mono-diets and express diets deprive us of the full set of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins, which causes stress, reduces immunity to diseases and causes indigestion. The body is not getting the desired substances from the food and it begins to ‘eat’ itself; teeth deterioration, gums, hair, nails and muscle tissue. Following a rigid diet increases the risks of heart diseases, gallstones, diabetes, anaemia and cancer. When you quit your diet your body reacts to it by having an increased appetite, so the lost weight can come back very quickly or with an addition of the extra pounds.
The body has huge needs in the form of various
substances, and skewing in one direction can be very dangerous, so everything
needs to be done in moderation. All diets have one significant advantage: a
person who decides to diet begins to control and watch what they eat. However,
in a short-term diet the body doesn’t have time to get used to it. A long-term
diet consists of making the right food choices and planning your meals in order
to maintain weight – this is what is known as the balanced diet, and cannot be
done in a couple of days, therefore a significant commitment is needed.
However, this is another story.