With all the diet fads these days, it is hard to know how exactly to look your best and attain your dream body. Whatever your ideal body shape is, there are so many eating plans out there promising you fantastic results, from CICO to keto to carb cycling. It’s nice to have goals and aspire to look good, but one must make sure not to become obsessed with this.
Think about why you want to go on a diet and whether the way you are doing it is the safest method. Wanting quick results and crash dieting is a recipe for disaster as it can mess with your metabolism, cause mood swings, lead to eating disorders, and do not guarantee long-term results.
Eating disorders are not something to be taken lightly or glamorized – I’ve seen them on social media a few times and when browsing online communities. I had my own battle with bulimia in high school that ended up taking a toll on my physical and mental health. It started when I wanted to lose weight and resorted to purging when I didn’t feel like I had eaten “healthy” on certain days. The purging progressed from a few times to almost every single day; I started losing a lot of weight and becoming increasingly disordered with my eating. The health problems started to arise; I began to experience a lot of indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and spitting traces of blood. I was feeling weak and even had to have an endoscopy to see if I had developed ulcers in my stomach due to gastritis I had been experiencing.
This was an eye-opening experience for me; I realized I was doing a lot of damage to my own body. It took me around a year and a half to recover from my gastritis and the symptoms I was experiencing despite not engaging in bulimic behavior anymore. All this was not even worth it in the end as my body was starving for food, and I ended up returning to regular eating habits and gaining weight sometime after this experience.
Like I mentioned in the first paragraph, it is important to know why you want to do certain things so you can take the best approach that is healthy and fits into your lifestyle. In the end, losing weight and getting in shape doesn’t have to be solely focused on caloric restriction, good and bad foods or extreme methods. Focusing on swapping processed foods for natural ones, reducing your sugar intake, enjoying activities you love, and eating until satiation are great ways to make small changes that over time will lead to great results, inside and outside of our bodies.