Dieting doesn’t mean starving yourself

To lose weight is a thought that I know goes through lots of people’s minds, especially when your best friend is having a wedding or your going on holiday soon and you want to look good quick.

One of the best ways to lose weight is to diet, however there is the right way to diet and there is definitely a wrong way to diet. Dieting doesn’t always mean skipping meals or following extremely low-calorie diets, doing this style of dieting is the wrong way to diet. Depriving your body your body of calories only has a “roller coaster” effect; your weight will only continue to go up and down for the rest of your life. When going on these “extreme” diets you may see some initial success however it takes a toll on your body and you have to think to yourself is it worth it?

You may need to lose weight for a special occasion and you may of discovered that eating only 800 calories a day can give you quick results, then after the special occasion has past your resort back to your “old ways” However these types of diets promise big weight loss in a short amount of time, but it cuts our macronutrients like carbohydrates and fats, which is very bad for your metabolism and unbalances your hormones.

When you do these types of diets you aren’t taking in enough calories, which has side effects. Your levels of T3 (triiodothyronine) (the thyroid hormone that’s boosts your metabolism) plummets and you slow down the rate of your metabolism. Also you have an increase of resistance to your body’s insulin, so rather than glucose entering your cells, where it can be used for energy, your body allows it to roam around your blood stream and there glucose can cause problems to your body.

You will also find it harder to know when you have had enough food. This is due a massive reducing to your body’s sensitivity to Leptin (which is a hormone which controls/regulates your appetite). To add to the problem the high levels of the hormone known as Ghrelin (which is the hormone which tells your brain that you’re starving) are released into the body. This inevitably tells your body it needs more food than it actually needs.

So you can by using these “extreme” diets lose lots of weight quick but as soon as you stop you will notice you will gain far more weight and at a faster rate, which will start this whole roller coaster effect, it will also become more and more frustrating every time you do it.

The way to break this vicious cycle is not to “diet” per-say but rather make lifestyle changes, change your mind set merely by “cutting back” to simply eating correct portions of the right foods. Whole, nutritious foods will repair, nourish, and support every cell so that your body will work for you and not against you. If you are good to your body, your body will be good to you.