Friday, November 16, 2018

When You Diet Too Hard: Unhealthy Calories Restriction

Everything in life needs a balance, including the number of calories that you eat. Too many calories per day are unhealthy and too little calories.... is also unhealthy. Many of us who are obese or overweight, including me, have looked for easy ways out. We look for crash diets, special supplements, etc. I would never lie to you and tell you that there is an easy way out. In one of my older posts, I talk about weight loss is simple but not easy. I will link that post in this one if any of you want to check it out. We get really impatient and we want the pounds to start just shedding off. This mentality of impatience is what leads us to unhealthy weight loss methods including heavily restricting our calories to an unhealthy point. Obviously, a calorie deficit is necessary for weight loss but it's important to not make that calorie deficit too much. There are consequences for eating too little including the weakened immune system, hair loss, chronic fatigue and malnutrition(1). There is also the principle of what goes up must come down. It is found that one of the biggest causes of binge eating and binge eating disorder is extreme calorie restriction(2). This is a situation that is all too common, someone eats a ridiculously small amount of food a day, they lose weight really fast and then once they get to their goal weight than they start binge eating and gain back all the weight that they lost. Highly restrictive, extremely low-calorie diets are not sustainable. Yes, creating a calorie deficit is necessary for weight loss but if you are eating less than 1,000 calories a day, you are eating way too little. Remember to find that balance between eating too much and too little. Patience is a virtue and weight loss requires a lot of patience. Don't try to rush your weight loss, make it slow and sustainable. That is the healthiest way to lose weight. Not only is it the healthiest way but it is the way that allows you to not only lose the weight but keep the weight off after you lost it. Remember that the best things in life are worth weighting for(pun intended).

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