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Referring to a “diet” can have various interpretations. Is it for weight-loss, for maintaining a specific intake of nutrition, or for an overall healthier lifestyle? The term “diet” is defined as “food or drink regularly provided or consumed.” When referring to dieting as a method for weight-loss, undertaking this procedure is one that can end up causing more harm to your body than good.

Dieting

Adhering to a diet in accordance with a weight-loss program tends to have an adverse effect. While many do in fact end up losing weight in the beginning, around 95% of individuals will ultimately retain the weight within one to five years. Diets may work in the short-term, but they typically will end up failing in the long-run. Many times, the restriction of nutrients can lead to what is referred to as a “diet-binge cycle”, in which you end up overeating. Additionally, your body may end up slowing down your metabolism in response to it receiving fewer nutrients, which will ultimately make it more difficult to lose weight.

Nutrition

The lack of nutrients your body receives in general from fad diets can be incredibly harmful to your body and upon completion of the diet, you are more likely than not to bounce back to unhealthy eating habits in an effort to feed your body. This will end up creating weight-gain, undermining the efforts strived for by going on the diet in the first place. This is referred to as a “yo-yo” diet because your body is bouncing back and forth with weight-gain and weight-loss.

Problems

An even more harmful result of weight-loss dieting is eating disorders. Because dieting can result in the need for individuals to have complete control of the number of calories and fat grams they intake, routinely checking the numbers on the scale, and setting a limit on the types and amount of food they ingest, it can have devastating effects.  This is not to say that dieting always leads to eating disorders, but it is more often than not a precursor. According to a study, around 20-25% of dieters end up developing an eating disorder.

Overall, diets can be helpful when developing a healthier regime of food intake, however, when using diets for weight-loss, it can have a severe impact on the dieter’s mind, body, and overall health.