Three Reasons to Avoid Dieting

8th June 2019
Following a diet isn't as beneficial as you think it is. When you start a diet, make sure you've considered these reasons to avoid dieting.

Many people have followed a diet at some point in their lives. What’s more, they tend to gain popularity in the months before summer and after Christmas. In this article, we won’t be promoting any diets. Rather, we’ll go over the reasons to avoid dieting.

There are so many different kinds of diets, in terms of duration and allowed foods. Still, the desired result tends to be the same: weight loss. Below, we’ll go over reasons to avoid dieting and diets that aren’t as great as they seem. In many cases, the actual results achieved are quite different from the intended goal.

Three reasons to avoid dieting

1. They affect your self-esteem

The sad reality is that most diets won’t give you the results you’re looking for. Feeling hungry and anxious, as well as a lack of willpower lead many to throw in the towel and forget their weight loss plan. If it happens many times, it’s only normal for it to chip away at a person’s self-esteem.

By not being able to reach your goals, you might feel that you’ve failed, resulting in low self-esteem. What’s more, you’ll feel even worse if you don’t have the body you wanted and don’t feel comfortable in your own skin.

As such, diets are often synonymous with disappointment, frustration, and low self-esteem. Not only do you not get the results you wanted, but you also start out with enthusiasm and optimism only to end up feeling the opposite.

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Reasons to avoid dieting

2. The yo-yo effect

Who hasn’t given a miracle diet a try? Summer is around the corner and you haven’t started exercising or tracking your food early enough. Another classic is a wedding or other family event where days before, you realize your dress doesn’t fit. Those are just some scenarios where you might decide to start a fad diet.

What many don’t know is that the end result can be much worse than they imagine. These diets often come with a dangerous yo-yo effect.

In other words, the weight gain that comes after fad diets is often much greater than the weight loss you achieved. That’s why diets have become a way to gain weight as opposed to losing it.

3. They limit your social and family life

Dieting can often be related to isolating yourself. Indeed, for it to be effective, you avoid unhealthy foods such as fast food or alcohol. As a result, you might stop seeing your friends, going out to dinner with your partner, or attending family meals.

Woman looking bored on exercise machine

As such, you end up isolating yourself from the people you love. If you don’t end up losing any weight, you’ll feel even more frustrated since you sacrificed so much for nothing.

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Reasons to avoid dieting

For the above reasons, it’s clear you should say goodbye to diets. It’s useless to follow a diet for a little while only to return to your usual routine. Similarly, you don’t have to be a slave to dieting for the rest of your life. You can go out to dinner, get fast food, or enjoy a drink with someone.

Indeed, what’s important is that you do it sparingly and in a balanced way. In this article, you’ll find tips to get you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Also, don’t forget to exercise on a regular basis.

Though it might sound cliche, being in good health and loving yourself should be your highest priority. Don’t obsess over a certain weight or size; love yourself the way you are.

All of the brands, ads, and marketing set standards of beauty that are simply unattainable. If you have a healthy BMI and don’t have any health problems, you don’t have to worry.

What makes you special is that every single body is unique. Some are taller, others are shorter, with wider hips, backs, chests, and so on. Indeed, learning to love yourself as you are is the best way to be happy with yourself.

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