Dangers of Dieting: Why Dieting Can Be Harmful to your health

Summer is here and with it the return of less covering clothes. Thanks to social pressure, summer also came with the desire to show our bodies in the sexiest shape possible without knowing the dangers of dieting.

But did you know that weight-loss diets not only have a detrimental impact on mental health but are also detrimental to physical health?

In this article, we will talk about the impact of weight loss diets on mental, and psychological health. So, here are the dangers of dieting.

What are the dangers of dieting?

Diet is a very good thing. But be careful to do it correctly, otherwise, you risk doing yourself more harm than good! 

You should know that weight loss diets can create nutritional imbalances. Thus, they often push us to consume too much protein, not enough carbohydrates, and too little fiber, vitamins, and minerals. 

We then create, without knowing it, an imbalance within our ratio, which can lead to obvious risks to your health. Here are some of the risks of weight loss diets:

Dangers of Dieting

Physiological dangers

The physiological risks of diets are numerous! Indeed, weight loss is not only at the expense of body fat reserves as you would like. Muscle and bone masses are the first affected. And this inevitably leads to:

  • General tiredness
  • A drop in immune defenses
  • A lack of focus
  • An increased risk of bone weakening

There are also risks for your kidneys, which have to filter more excess uric acid, heart rhythm disorders, digestive disorders or fertility disorders.
For pregnant women and children, the risks are also significant, disrupting and slowing the proper development of the fetus and growth.

Physiologically, weight gain is also a risk of exceeding a portion of the body mass index. You may go from overweight to obese, which, for example, increases the risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Finally, the YOYO effect of diets could damage your skin by altering its physiology, appearance, and effectiveness.

Psychological dangers


The first consequence of a restrictive diet is frustration. For example, in the new fashionable diet, you are strictly forbidden to consume chocolate, your indulgence. 

You are already frustrated before you even start your diet! However, this frustration will only increase, until the moment when you will crack and in excess this time. Deprivation, punishment, and restriction is harmful and unhealthy mechanisms. 

This frustration can even go further until you cut yourself off socially. It’s not easy to have a good time at the restaurant with your friends when you have started the “cabbage soup” diet or to bear to watch your children eat pancakes for afternoon tea.

In addition to failing each time, your attempts related to your frustration always cause your self-esteem to decline a little more, reminding you of how undetermined you are. It’s time to stop hurting yourself!

Dysregulation of hunger and satiety signals

Restrictive diets disrupt and mask your eating sensations. However, disruptions in hunger and satiety signals lead to inevitable weight gain. 

You are constantly hungry, you no longer know what is good for you, and you eat mechanically without understanding why you no longer distinguish between hunger and craving.

Also, know that your body has a memory. It dislikes situations of deprivation, combat, and aggression. However, during a diet, the body being in a state of lack, it will ensure that it has enough energy to activate your vital functions and therefore store the little that you give it. In addition to burning less energy, it will stimulate your hunger so that you can put an end to this deficiency situation!

Final thoughts

Finally, look at yourself, and love yourself! Some weight loss diets are started wrongly! 

Are you “healthy weight”, “overweight” or “obese”? Have you over or underestimated your weight? 

Do a health check before embarking on crazy experiments. Health professionals will help you to define what is good for you, and to accept yourself. And, if you want to lose weight, don’t do it alone! So, remember to be accompanied by a health professional who will analyze your story, and set you achievable, healthy, and sustainable goals.

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