International No Diet Day

Say No to Diets

Losing weight in a short period of time can be dangerous. While a quick weight loss program might sound like a good idea at the time, fad diets can be more dangerous to your health than beneficial.

Another reason to say “No!” to diets? They just don’t work. Yes, people who experiment with diets will lose weight, but approximately 95% of those who lose weight from dieting will regain it in 1-5 years. Furthermore, fad diets may also leave to a diet-overeat or diet-binge cycle. Since your body is a well-designed machine, it responds to overly restrictive diet plans by slowing your metabolism, which actually makes it harder for a woman to lose weight.

Why Are Restrictive Diets Bad?

Crash dieting doesn’t work, and they can cause serious damage to your health. Here are just a few reasons you should say “No!” to diets:

  1. The majority of weight you drop when you lose weight too quickly is often water weight, which can lead to dehydration. Your body burns calories and excess weight in stages, so if you try to force your body to lose weight faster than it naturally wants to, you can cause serious problems for your health.
  2. Diets often involve depriving yourself of calories, but calories are what your body needs for energy. If you fast or eat less than your body requires to lose weight, you’ll find yourself feeling fatigued and lethargic.
  3. Diets can cause serious digestive complications, the effects of which, are not pleasant to deal with.
  4. Malnutrition is a serious concern. Diets that restrict foods are unsafe because they are preventing your body from gaining the vitamins and minerals that it requires.
  5. Diets weaken your immune system, can lead to heart muscle loss, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress.

We Can Help

Severely slashing calories may lead to weight loss, but the lost weight includes precious muscle and lowers metabolism. Drastic calorie restriction also causes a shift toward a higher percentage of body fat, which increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and Type-2 Diabetes.

The Meadows Ranch wants women to have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

We have treated eating disorders for more than 20 years. We know recovery from an eating disorder is absolutely possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. Based on feedback from patients, families, and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance and purpose.

For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 and we will contact you with the information you need.

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