Losing weight using a restrictive diet program is not effective in the long run – most dieters gain back their weight and more, it can also be hazardous to your health.
If a certain food group is avoided, there can be a gap in the nutrition that the dieter is taking in, and this will create deficiency in the long run. Nutrient deficiency is one of the main causes of cravings, which of course can lead to binging and weight gain.
If calorie intake is restricted, the body will slow down metabolism, and when the diet program is over and food intake is back to normal, the body is not burning as much calories and the dieter will gain the weight back just by eating the normal amount.
Restricted caloric intake affects metabolism and can have an impact on thyroid function, and can potentially lead to hypothyroidism.
If body fat level drops too low, it can lead to irregular period (or absence of period altogether). This is caused by low estrogen level – which can also lead to osteoporosis.
Restrictive diets are also not sustainable. On the other hand, a balanced lifestyle that includes a variety of wholesome foods is sustainable, and is the best way to combat cravings (cravings often lead to weight gain).
A few dietary and lifestyle changes can lead to pleasurable and effortless weight loss that can bring you a lifetime of benefits and that is what i teach in my A Healthier You program that is now open for registration.
As it’s back to school/work week following the Summer break, I am sharing one of my simple, one pan meals to help you out on those crazy busy days. Click here to check out my One Pan Chicken, Golden Cauliflower & Carrot Fries.