Dangers Of Extreme Diets – Why You Should Lose Weight The Healthy Way
Losing weight is very easy: simply stop eating. However, we all know that this is incredibly bad for our health. Those who are able to actually stop eating do so out of protest by going on hunger strike, or have a serious psychological disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Although we all know this, dangerous diets do seem to appear time and time again and they are marketed in such a way that many of us think it may be worth giving them a try. Let’s take a look at some of these extreme diets and why they are so dangerous.
The Breatharian diet is perhaps the most dangerous and most ludicrous of them all.
“The Breatharian Diet entails attempting to survive on air alone.” – Health 24
It is a frightening thought that people actually follow this, but they do. The idea is that, rather than eating, you swallow air. When you swallow air, your stomach fills up (with air), making you feel fuller. Everybody knows that these diets are unsustainable, but they still use them because they lead to very rapid weight loss. The problem is that they also lead to serious nutritional deficiencies – the effects of this can often only be noticed several years down the line. Hence, people tend to think that, by then, medical science will have something in place to cure those potential issues.
LighterLife is a craze diet that is taking the world by storm. Unfortunately, by now, several people who have followed the LighterLife diet have died of heart failure.
“Following its very low calorie diet, which replaces all meals with nutritionally balanced shakes, weight plummets.” – Daily Mail
It has now been demonstrated that the diet causes significant heart problems, which has led to the death of otherwise young and healthy individuals. Furthermore, it is also believed to cause memory loss. The really worrying thing is that people seem to take these risks for granted. It is a psychological necessity to live life as if “it won’t happen to me,” otherwise we wouldn’t be able to so much as cross a street because we would fear getting run over. However, when there is significant evidence that point to the fact that the majority of people will have serious health problems following a certain diet, and they still choose to follow it, then this is an indication of just how much pressure society has placed on us just to lose weight.
Another popular diet is LCHF, which stands for Low Carb – High Fat. Although this is a diet that can be followed safely, most people don’t spend enough time studying what is actually required of it. As a result, they do it the wrong way and consume far too many of the wrong kinds of fat. Hence, they put themselves at an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
“Not only are high levels of circulating triglycerides a good way to get fat fast, but studies have consistently linked high triglyceride levels with heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.” – Wellness FX
These triglycerides are found in products such as roasted seeds and nuts, which people on an LCHF diet tend to consume in great quantities. Not only can this lead to cardiovascular problems, it can also increase a person’s chances of developing cancer. Other dangers of the LCHF diet include elevated levels of cholesterol, glucose and thyroid stimulating hormone. The LCHF diet is a lifestyle change, which means you should only become involved in it if you have received advice from a nutritionist who can tell you exactly what to eat and when.
Everybody is looking for the magical pill that will help them shed all the extra pounds overnight without having to do so much as lift a finger or say no to a piece of chocolate cake. We all know that such a pill doesn’t exist. However, we still hope that maybe they will at least help a little bit, perhaps as a supplement to other efforts we are already making. In reality, however, many diet pills are incredibly dangerous. We tend to believe they are ok, because they are made of natural products, but they actually can cause significant short- and long-term problems. Consider, for instance, the bitter orange.
“Works like ephedra, the stimulant used for weight loss, which was banned by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004.” – LHJ
Ephedra was banned for good reason and it is hoped that bitter orange will soon follow suit. The side effects are significant and potentially even deadly. The product has already been linked to cancer and kidney failure, which demonstrates just how dangerous it is. Once again, however, these problems often don’t appear instantly, which means people continue to take them, just in case it won’t affect them.
What Are the Consequences of Extreme Dieting?
The above diets and supplements are very extreme. However, there are many others out there that are described in such a way that they seem to make sense, and people follow them. Fasting diets, for instance, are hugely popular right now, even though they can also be dangerous. You must understand that there are both short- and long-term consequences of these types of diets.
“The consequences are so extreme that they involve both physical as well as mental degradation, a true debilitation.” – Fitday
If you are on a diet and you notice that you are often extremely tired, that you have frequent serious hunger pangs and that you have an almost constant nasal drip, then you are likely taking part in a diet that isn’t good for you. There are various other problems as well, including muscle atrophy, bloodshot eyes, rashes and gallbladder disease, for instance. It is likely that you will actually become malnourished and that, if you ever stop dieting, you will put all of the weight back on with a vengeance. These diets affect you mentally as well, leading to such things as depression, irritability, mood swings, a reduction in your sex drive, and the risk of developing eating or body dysmorfic disorders.