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Common Side Effects of Long Term Dieting

Common Side Effects of Long Term Dieting

When you follow a calorically low diet or unbalanced diet for long enough for your body to adapt to a malnourished state, it can be dangerous to abruptly resume your normal diet. Below is a breakdown of the changes that happen in your body when you deprive your body of the calories it needs or drink every meal or give up on carbs.

Nutrient Deficiencies caused due to unhealthy and long term dieting:

When people think about dieting, they only think about cutting down the calories intake or  carbohydrates  or saturated fat. When you lower your caloric intake, you tend to drop your intake of essential vitamins and minerals which may lead to a constant state of lethargy, lack of energy and sluggishness and may also lead to deficiencies of the essential vitamins.

Medical complications due to unhealthy and long term dieting:

Unhealthy and long term dieting may lead to a long list of medical complications, to mention a few:

  • High blood pressure,
  • Heart problems,
  • Nutrient deficiencies,
  • Stress,
  • Eating disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea,
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anaemia
  • Loss of lean muscle mass.
  • Gout
  • Electrolyte imbalances.

Other aspects that can affect you due to unhealthy and long term dieting:

  • Isolation:

When you’re eating out with friends or at a friend’s party you have less or no control over the food or your eating pattern which may lead to stress and irritability which surely doesn’t turn you into the social butterfly.  Over time the company becomes not worth dealing with these hang ups. Many long term dieters thus, find their social circle dwindling to only a few close friends or only to friends who are on the same diet as them.

  • Metabolism:

For a small period of time a quick cut out on the calories, might not have a major impact on your metabolism; though it may have other side – effects. And during the long term duration, even though your metabolism begins to store more calories and begins to alter your metabolic rates, it will surely result in storing everything you eat because you’re in a starvation mode.

  • Psychological strain:

Diets create a suppressed feeling as you are inhibiting yourself repeatedly. This eventually leads to stress and irritability. Even if results are according to your need there is always the risk of never ending desire of wanting more. Long term dieting to Anorexia is a very thin line and many don’t realize that they’ve crossed it until it’s too late.

The key to success is moderation in all things, in order to keep you healthy and active. Eating healthy and eating less is not the same thing. Building a healthy lifestyle is about defining the difference and sticking with it.

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