We often binge-eat after dinner time, evening snacks and while watching web series or movies. When you’re in a relaxed mood or bored you resort to eating so that your mind is occupied. BUT what happens after that? A whole episode of regret about gaining weight, not being able to wear that perfect dress. Maybe its the peer pressure or the social convention that leads people to eating-disorders. Starving yourself in the name of dieting is WRONG! The side effects of such dieting are destructing your body. In this blog, we would be discussing the side effects of dieting.

We should be healthy and there is seriously no harm in acquiring healthy habits, be it food, exercise or any other thing. However, one should take calculated steps to achieve a healthy lifestyle which is not at the cost of one’s own health. For people who are actually suffering from obesity, dieting is a must. Such diets should be initiated only under your doctor’s guidance. Your nutritionists know the best when it comes to your food supplements, so don’t hesitate in contacting them.

If you’re otherwise healthy, a short period of extreme calorie restriction won’t hurt you a bit. You should tell your doctor about your lifestyle and act according to his or her advice. Be sure to include all essential nutrients, starting from proteins to multivitamins, in your diet.

Now, let us dig deep into the topic to make ourselves aware of the harsh side effects of excessive dieting. 

It puts physical demands on the body.

Demanding continuous flow of energy from the body beyond its capacity poses some possible risks like – Gallstones 

The stones occur in 12% to 25% of people losing large amounts of weight over several weeks to months. It is due to an underlying mechanism of our digestive system. This in itself is a very severe disease.

You Become Dehydrated

When you restrict calories or carbohydrates dehydration occurs. How? Let’s see. The source of energy for your body is carbohydrate-rich food. What happens when you are in a calorie deficit? Before using your body’s fat, the body prefers to burn glycogen – a form of carbohydrate stored in the liver and muscles, and to every gram of glycogen attached is a molecule of water.

But, dehydration (loss of water from the body) can be avoided to some extent by drinking plenty of fluids.

Electrolyte imbalances

Loss of water from the body also disturbs the urination cycle. Which leads to the elimination of some and the retention of some ionic electrolytes in our body fluid. This leads to an imbalance in their concentration but it occurs only in some severe cases which are, rarely, life-threatening.

Your Muscles Break Down

If the weight loss is extremely fast, the muscles of the heart can atrophy(degenerate), because heart muscles need proper nutrition and oxygen for their better functioning. Extreme low-calorie liquid diets have been seen to be related to ventricular arrhythmias and death.

Malnutrition 

Calories, in the form of food, should be viewed as essential fuel for the functioning of the body. Drastically cutting calories from your diet means depriving your own body of the fuel it needs to function properly.

It should be noted that you could be missing out on key nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need to stay healthy. You won’t realise but an incomplete diet might affect your body in the long run in many harmful ways.

Affects your mental health

If you lose weight very quickly there are chances of numeral psychological consequences. It affects the quality of our hormone secretion and it, in turn, affects our thinking ability.

Some other side effects of rapid weight loss are :

Headaches

Irritability

Fatigues

Dizziness

Menstrual irregularities

Hair loss

We all are aware of the harsh side effects of dieting now.

Today, people are so deep into dieting. There is this social pressure of perfect body shape, fitness, and whatnot. Excessive dieting is making people more and more stressed out and draining their energy. Starving yourself is certainly not a good idea for any reason. The Relation between social life, body shaming, and obesity is alarming yet unnoticed.

Let me tell you one thing: Don’t let anything consume you excessively. 

It looks like dieting has made you distant from food – the center of one’s life. So, why not think about safe and healthy practices to lose weight?

A healthy and sustainable weight loss program includes many factors. Like proper food choices, sufficient sleep, increased physical activity, reduced stress levels and mental wellbeing. Here are some healthy tips to help you with your healthy dieting:

  • Eat lean proteins
  • Stop consuming sugar and simple carbohydrates
  • Get enough of rest
  • Do not stress, stay healthy and happy

To read more about healthy dieting, read our blog Switch to salads, a nutritious diet!

The side-effects of harsh dieting are often not visible immediately. In the long run, your body would eventually deteriorate. Do not fall prey to such gimmicks and lead a healthy lifestyle, a better lifestyle.