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Dieting is bad for you!

Posted by Teresa J.

With summer coming, I know many of us have weight loss (and bathing suits) on our minds. I believe in changing your lifestyle, increasing exercise, and limiting "bad" foods rather than dieting. I think dieting has short-term success but actually changing your way of eating, thinking, and your activities can last for a long time and really make an impact. To further my point, I looked for some reasons NOT to diet:

Risks of Restrictive Dieting

  • Temporary weight loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Rebound weight gain
  • Poor athletic performance
  • Slower metabolism
  • Impaired mental functioning
  • Serious health risks
  • Mood Changes

Those sound like pretty good reasons to improve your lifestyle rather than go on a crash diet to lose extra pounds!

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I agree dieting in the way it's presented in most marketing today is not the way to go. However, a well balanced diet (as word is defined) is what we need education in implementing. How to eat healthy overall, is a tough order to fill each and every day. Even with knowledge, I find myself tempted and unbalanced in achieving a good diet for myself and family.

Achieving proper nutrition is tough when we are filled with an abundance of foods and treats all the time. I just came across another thread that shows families weekly food choices around the world. Here it is. It's really fascinating.

What the World Eats, Part 1

It was interesting to see that really families around the world aren't all that different, with the exception of some very expensive grocery bills (one famly had a one week bill of $500!) and one very meagre bill (Aboubakar family.) There were a few oddities we wouldn't see here (pig's knuckles.) I wonder if the follow-up instalment will analyze the nutrition content of each family's choices?

Thanks for sharing! Very engaging!

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