The Do’s and Don’ts to losing weight

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Have you tried every diet there is and still can’t get skinny enough? Well, maybe it’s time to stop dieting. Dieting itself can become pathological and develop into an eating disorder. One out of every two women are on a diet right now. Our obsession with diets are ultimately not healthy for our bodies.

When we hear the words eating disorder, we may think of anorexia and bulimia. However dieting along with the frequent and compulsive weighing that accompanies it, can lead to eating disorders. People who diet are eight times as likely to develop an eating disorder as people who don't.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts towards a healthy way to losing weight:

DO:

Eat healthy food

When you are on a diet, are you really focused on eating healthy foods? Are you only focused on the weight loss? Be honest. If the answer is no, you are not focused on a healthy diet, then you are probably balancing on the verge of an eating disorder. The two are really closer than you might think.

Move your body

The body was meant to move, that’s why it has moving parts, i.e. your joints, bones, and tendons. Any diet plan without exercise will not get your body in shape. You don’t want to lose weight by losing muscle, in fact, you actually want to gain muscle. You need to do this through training your body. You can start with baby steps, walking in your neighborhood for example. Then, once you build stamina, you can begin to lift weights or join a gym. But for now, just move. Walk with a friend, get a group together and support each other in leading a more active lifestyle. This is the best way to get fit and healthy.

Recognise a ‘fad diet’

What’s a fad diet?

  • A healthy diet is focused on healthy weight loss. An eating disorder (fad diet) is an unhealthy way to lose weight.
  • A healthy diet makes your body stronger. A fad diet makes the body weaker and can cause numerous health complications.
  • A healthy diet can be enjoyable and still allows one to live life. A fad diet is not enjoyable and takes over a person’s life.
  • A healthy diet requires that you eat varied foods in moderation. A fad diet often causes a person to eat very large or very small portions of a limited amount of foods.
  • A healthy diet is about helping yourself become healthier and stronger. A fad diet focuses on what others think of you and draws attention for the wrong reasons.
  • A healthy diet affects one’s health and choice of foods. A fad diet affects every aspect of life.

Give in to your cravings every once in awhile

Do you wake up every day ready to deny yourself food because you think you aren't skinny enough? Does it control your every waking thought? When is the last time you ate a piece of food and you didn't feel guilty about it? A good life is based on balance. As long as you are eating mostly healthy foods, a tasty treat in moderation is fine every once in awhile. If you deny yourself constantly, you will wind up over consuming the very product you were abstaining from.

Focus on health and personal fulfillment

The health risks of dieting are very real. Sudden death from heart arrhythmia or electrolyte imbalance is a real risk. Each year dieting is related to severe health damage and deaths in the United States. Dieting focuses attention on appearance, rather than self-worth, health and personal fulfillment.

DON’T:

Starve to be skinny

Skinny isn’t necessarily healthy. You can be skinny and still be fat, it’s called “skinny-fat.” The fat may not be directly under the skin, but streaking through your internal organs instead, which is much worse. Studies show that if you are a skinny couch potato, you are probably more unhealthy than an active, slightly overweight individual. The more you starve, the more muscle you lose. It may seem like you’re losing weight on the scale, but you are losing important muscle mass.

Weigh yourself compulsively

The frequent and compulsive weighing that accompanies dieting can lead to eating disorders. The scale is not a good gauge of health. Health doesn’t know a number. The scale is dumb, it doesn’t know if you lost five pounds of muscle or added two pounds of hair extensions. Check in on how you feel, and how your clothes are fitting. Don’t check in with the scale, it can lead to harmful eating patterns.

Be a yo-yo dieter

People who yo-yo diet are eight times as likely to develop an eating disorder as people who don't. Staying fit is a lifestyle change, and it is not found in the latest and newest diet. If the diet is unsustainable for a lifetime, you are likely to gain the weight back, plus some. When this occurs, you are more likely to become skinny-fat.

Allow dieting to control your life

Our culture has made skinny the standard for health, beauty, and even morality. Understanding that this unfair weight bias exists is the first step towards enlightening yourself in order to make a paradigm shift. At Marie France Bodyline, we offer professional advice to guide you towards your slimming goal.

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*As causes for being overweight vary from person to person, weight loss results will also vary from person to person, dependant on various genetic or environmental factors such as food intake, individual rate of metabolism, level of exercise, etc. No individual result should be seen as typical.