Studies have found that following a restricted-calorie diet (one that slashes daily calorie intake by about a third) consistently helps people live longer and healthier lives reduced cholesterol levels, normalized blood sugar, and a better response to stress and may also slow the aging process. That all sounds good, right? Another reason why dieting works in a healthy lifestyle is it makes you pay attention to what you’re putting in your body. By understanding the building blocks of nutrition, like how much protein and fiber you should be getting, and realizing how your body responds to certain foods.
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Dieting Makes You Fat
According to psychologist Deb Burgard, who has been at the forefront of the “Health At Every Size” movement, “They never admit that dieting triggers disordered eating in vulnerable people,” or that it increases physical cravings and emotional deprivation thereby setting up an increased likelihood for binge eating, which eventually increases weight. “The problem,” says Burgard, “is people just believe dieting is good, like a religion, and you are the atheist in the room when you question it. There is so much more at stake when people try to lose weight than weight.” It’s all quite scary, especially with more than one-third of America’s kids now being either overweight or obese (triple the rate of thirty years ago). Pediatrician Dr. Robert Pretlow, founder of an interactive website for overweight teens and preteens, identifies “comfort eating,” “stress eating” and “boredom eating” as the major culprits for our rising childhood obesity rates. These are the very same triggers for restricting food and for binge-purge cycles.
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When dieting and exercise hurt you
Different types of fats play different roles in the brain, but DHA, which we get primarily from fish oil in our diets, is linked to cognitive function, memory, and mood. If your diet contains less than 25 percent total fat, everyday coping skills may diminish, and you may feel increased anxiety, frustration, and stress. Mistake: You go the extra extra mile Why it’s bad: You could end up with chronic foot pain. If you’ve ever felt a stabbing pain in the arch of your foot after working out, you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. This painful foot injury occurs if you put excessive strain on the underside of the foot, explains Ryan Halvorson, a personal trainer from the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. It can strike runners and walkers alike when the muscles of the foot are overused due to repetitive motion.
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The Fat on Dieting in the New Year
They tell the stories of women (it usually is women) who have lost a lot of weight by following a garcinia cambogia extract diet that restricts calorie intake. As the pictures show, these women have clearly not been made fat by following such regimes. This, though, is only part of the complex dieting jigsaw, as Geoffrey Cannon explains in his book Dieting Makes You Fat. Yes, if you consume less energy than your body burns off in a day, your weight will drop.
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