Dieting restricts the essential nutritious for our body cells to remain healthy.
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With over thousands of disastrous diets available in the market place to tempt consumers, who knows what the perfect diet is really like? With these pseudo-diets hitting the market at such a rapid rate, their influence is becoming exceedingly dangerous.
A recent study by Dr Monica Harms reveals that 8 out of 10 people in Britain are physically and mentally pressured to attempt an unhealthy diet. Incredulously, two thirds of the population in Europe is obsessed with losing weight just to look awesome.
Last year we spent a staggering one billion pounds on dieting products, dieting programmes and exercise clubs. Sadly, these expensive diets will only help us shed the pounds from our wallet not our body.
Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the number of obese patients in Europe. In comparison, there has also been an increase in the number of diets that have been invented by those looking to make quick money. This clearly shows that these crazy diets are simply not doing their job.
Businesses know their targets prefer short cuts. This is why we have a growing range of quick fix diets. Pick up a magazine or a news article and there are uncountable diets to choose from. Each diet promises us that it will change our lives for good by helping us to lose weight. So what fails each diet?
Restricting food thus limiting the necessary minerals and vitamins for the body is damaging. This activity is called dieting. Each cell in our body requires energy to stay alive. Dieting restricts food thus restricting the essential nutritious for our body cells to remain healthy. This can cause a weaker immune system, infections, viruses, lack of growth and many more severe health issues.
We are utterly bombarded with images of thin models looking great with their tiny bone structure. However, there is evidence that this body type is supremely unhealthy.
These models suffocate their bodies with the punishment of starvation to look beautiful. Is it worth it, knowing that severe dieting can lead them to a higher risk of an early death?
Self-image concerns have created a fear for food phobia. A recent study stated: “Some people severely restrict the range of food they eat because they have a psychological fear of food. The condition results in death in 20% of cases.”
A case study of Anna Mcvicar uncovers the devastating damage of dieting that risked her life. Anna first attempted her diet when she was 10 years old. A bright and talented young girl who loved singing aspired to look beautiful. Anna says:
“From the age of 10, I had nothing in my life but an obsession to lose weight to look beautiful. I was obsessed with counting calories, trying new diets to lose weight and exercising. It gradually took over.”
Anna’s obsession with dieting soon shaped into a life threatening illness known as anorexia. At the worst depths of her illness, 5ft 4in Anna weighed a shocking 4st, leading to a heart attack, bed sore, oedema and osteoporosis.
Her body’s mass index of just 11.2 dramatically below the healthy range of 18.5 to 24.9. She wasted two and half years in hospital. Not only did the dieting cost Anna to sacrifice the most precious years of her life her but also her education, friendships and family life.
Bollywood has also decided to jump behind the diet phenomenon. It is absolute constitutional to look thin to attract. The sexy curvy actresses popular in Bollywood are now beginning to change, however is the change deserving?
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor in a size zero shape was an ideal role model for its audience at the present time. Rumours leaked that Kareena’s diet involved eating just boiled broccoli! Plus severe daily work outs.
To achieve the so-called perfect body Kareena was restricted to diet for months. Now that she has put on a few pounds it is difficult for Kareena to manage her health due to her harsh dieting in the past.
So what is the perfect diet? Does it exist? Yes it does: it is called eating three balanced meals a day, plus healthy snacks in between. This diet is uncomplicated and harmless. It includes all food groups in our diet to accomplish a healthy BMI is not impossible. Each food group provides us with the vital nutritions our body needs. Below is an easy example of a delicious healthy snack to prevent you from craving:
Blueberry Favoured Yoghurt with Fresh Fruit
Mix 5–8 tablespoons of creamy yoghurt with 3 tablespoons of Brown Sugar and Blueberries. Serve with fresh fruit.
Most Healthiest Foods
- Oily Fish
- Dry Fruit and Nuts – especially Almonds
3 Tips to help you lose weight the right way
- Always have a heavy breakfast, a medium lunch and a light dinner. Our body’s metabolic rate is faster in the morning and this metabolic rate becomes slower towards the evening.
- Drink 20ml to 30ml fresh lemon juice in the morning to help you burn fat without much effort.
- You can break your 3 meals into 6 smaller meals a day. This will help boost your metabolic rate as well as regulating normal blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels.
Not only maintaining a healthy diet will help us control your weight exercise is equivalently essential. This doesn’t imply working out in the gym for hours, twenty to thirty minutes of morning walk will do the job as long as you raise your heart- beat and feel warm. Below is a chart demonstrating different energy burning rates during our daily activities.
Calories burned per hour
|Sleeping||60 to 70|
|Very light work or sitting at rest||100 to 125|
|Light work||120 to 140|
|Moderate work||175 to 210|
|Heavy-duty work||375 to 450+|
(An average person’s metabolic rate depends on their age, gender, height and weight)
We are mistaken to believe that curves are disfigured. It is vital to stay healthy not thin. Image consciousness and obsession with dieting is not very different from a psychological issue.
Most significantly, we simply need to relax about our weight because the more we worry, the more we diet. And the more pressure we gain, the more torture we do to our bodies. Therefore it becomes more riskier for our lives.
Have you ever dieted?
- No (58%)
- Yes (42%)