Extreme dieting is an improper dieting act characterized by extreme deprivation of food, thus, pushing the body beyond its capabilities. It can also be called crash dieting. Though extreme dieting night offer some results, this is only in the short run. In the long run, the havoc caused overshadows the results one gets. Sometimes we might be engaging in extreme dieting and yet be unaware, thus unknowingly putting ourselves in havoc.
4 WAYS TO KNOW YOU ARE ON AN EXTREME DIET.
Below are four ways to know you’re subjecting your body to extreme dieting.
•EATING CERTAIN FOODS LOW IN NUTRIENT AND CALORIES
Eating foods that are really low in nutrients and calories just because you want to lose weight is a sign that you are on the path of extreme dieting.
•WHEN YOU REMOVE AN ENTIRE FOOD GROUP
Eliminating carbs from the diet is one of the ways people feel is best to loose weight. They can lose weight in a short term. When removed completely, it has a lot of consequences.
•WHEN IT BECOMES EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO STICK TO IT
A healthy diet should be easy to stick to irrespective of the situation-at home, at a party or at a restaurant. But finding it difficult to follow the diet without being depressed emotionally is also a sign that you are engaging in extreme dieting.
•OBSESSIVE FOCUS ON ONE’S WEIGHT
When nothing else matters except your weight gain and you are willing to engage in any diet just to get in shape, you are about to get on the road of extreme dieting.
DANGERS OF EXTREME DIETING
After knowing if you are on an extreme dieting or not, it would be best to also be aware of the dangers of extreme dieting.
Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass. Extreme dieting limits the food and nutrients one takes. The possibility of cutting out calcium (an essential mineral that helps our muscles functions properly) is really high during extreme dieting.
When one engages in extreme dieting, one usually has a very low calorie intake and as a result experiences lack of energy. Also, when engaging in extreme dieting some dieters make the mistake of carrying out vigorous exercise alongside the extreme dieting. This increases the possibility of experiencing fatigue.
As a result of switching from a regular diet to an extreme diet, the body slows down its metabolic processes in order to conserve energy as soon as it realizes it is not getting enough calories for its processes. During extreme dieting, one might get the impression of losing weight, but in reality, one is actually losing muscle mass and not body fat because the body switches to using muscle for energy.
Extreme dieting eliminates fibre and grains from the diet and engaging in it can lead to constipation. Also, losing weight very quickly is one of the causes of gall stone(a stone formed within the gall bladder out of bile component ), a liver disease.
One of the problems with those who go on extreme dieting is that they are at high risk of developing stomach ulcers. Intestinal problems are something no one would like to have, but, a lot of people engage in extreme dieting without realizing the danger they might be getting themselves into.
People who engage in extreme dieting usually exclude themselves from places where there is a possibility that they would cheat on the diet. Places like parties and restaurants where people go to have fun are not included in the schedule of those who are on extreme diets. Thus, they exhibit withdrawn behavior.
•POOR NUTRITIONAL STATUS
When extreme dieting gets too extreme, there is a tendency for the person to look malnourished. People who engage in extreme dieting lack most of the major nutrients needed by the body for proper functioning. As a result of this, there is a tendency to fall sick when engaging in extreme dieting.
Having known the dangers of extreme dieting, it is better to go for better and healthier ways to shed those pounds. Having a proper diet and exercise is a very healthy way to stay fit, lose weight and fit into those pretty dresses.