|Diet and Dieting Problems
|Why doesn't my diet work? What are the downsides of dieting?
|Numerous studies show that 98% of people who lose weight regain it within five years. 90% of these gain more weight than they originally lost. The failure of weight loss programs is so great that a leading researcher has said, "Dieting is the leading cause of obesity in the US."
Here is one of the primary problems:-
- The typical daily calorie intake for adults is 2400-3000.
- The typical weight loss program reduces this to 900- 1200 calories a day.
- You are still doing whatever you do on this reduced input. Right?
- Logically you must lose weight!
- The World Health organization defines starvation (the point at which the body is dying) as 900 calories or less a day.
- At this input level your body starts to use its reserves and this includes loss of fat, muscle and bone.
- The heart and the brain can be detrimentally effected if this "Starvation level" calorie input is maintained.
- It is likely that your body's natural electrolyte balance will be disturbed.
- High or increased blood pressure can result.
- Mental and Physical stress occurs as your body tries to compensate.
- Bone mass decrease with loss of calcium and resultant Osteoporosis can occur. (Exacerbated in post menopausal women)
- Estrogen deficiency may occur
|According to health experts at Johns Hopkins University:- "On any non-medically supervised weight-loss program, women should consume at least 1200 calories a day and men at least 1600 per day." Proper diets are a slow relentless process which require, commitment, planning and time.
"When a girl reduces, she is going out of her weigh to please some man!" - ANONYMOUS
|Illnesses as a result of diets:-
One source estimates that over 100000 women will die from diet related or exacerbated causes this year. It should also be remembered that fat tissue is a vital component of the human body. It provides energy reserves and storage, insulates and protects. Ensure you visit your personal physician or a registered dietitian before going on diet. There is considerable evidence that the following conditions can be diet related:-
- lowered self-esteem
- decreased attention span
- high blood pressure
- hair loss
- gall bladder disease
- gall stones
- heart disease
- dry skin
- skin rashes
- reduced sex drive
- menstrual irregularities
- kidney stones
- numbness in the legs
- weight gain
- eating disorders
- reduced resistance to infection
- lowered exercise tolerance
- electrolyte imbalance
- bone loss
"The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat!" - ALBERT EINSTEIN