“Dieting increases your risk of weight gain.”
- Restricting far more calories than what is needed.
- Eliminating food groups completely.
- Aiming for unrealistic rates of weight loss (above 1% of your BW for weeks on end).
- Not eating enough protein, leading to muscle mass loss.
- Not knowing when to make adjustments.
- Being rigid in their thinking (can only eat “clean” foods).
- Unnecessary fasting.
- Unable to navigate social situations intelligently.
- Using food as a coping mechanism.
“Dieting slows down your metabolism.”
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)- The energy required to just “keep the lights on” if you were laying in bed all day.
- Thermic Effect Of Food (TEF)- The energy required to digest and assimilate your food.
- Exercise Activity Thermogenesis- The energy you burn during your exercise sessions.
- Non- Exercise Activity Thermogenesis- The energy you burn doing NON exercise related activities such as walking, cleaning the house, fidgeting, etc.
“Dieting causes your appetite to increase, leading to the regaining of any weight you do lose.”
“Dieting increases cravings and binges.”
- Childhood obesity
- Loss of controlled eating in childhood
- Conduct problems
- Substance abuse
- Family weight concerns and eating problems
- Family conflicts and parenting problems
- Parental psychopathology
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Mental health impairment
- Distorted body image perception
Check out Bijal’s transformation story here as she is a perfect example of how someone who previously had a horrible relationship with food and her body, managed to fix it WHILE getting into the shape of her life.
Dieting Done Right
- Equating body image with morality.
- Looking at foods as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
- Being thin or smaller is healthier.
- Shaming people for what they look like.
- Weight stigmatisation from medical professionals.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type II Diabetes
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Certain cancers
- GI disorders
- Sleep Apnea