MotivEat Helping Changing Lifestyle For Those With Eating Disorders In West Lothian Scotland
Dieting is known to be one of the most powerful triggers for the development of an eating disorder in both women and men.
Dieting, defined as caloric restriction for the purpose of weight loss, is known to have many negative consequences. First of all, the process and philosophy of dieting rarely takes into account the fact that healthy people come in all shapes and sizes. Instead, dieting follows the erroneous notion that personal worth is linked to physical appearance. Individuals tend to assume that if their bodies do not look like society's 'thin' ideal that they should and can alter their body size and shape through a dieting process. However, repeated research shows that 95% to 98% of all diets fail, with persons regaining the weight (and in many cases additional weight) within one to five years. Although diets generally fail because of a multitude of reasons, individuals tend to view diet failure as personal failure, thereby further diminishing their self-esteem.
The human body has a metabolic set-point that enables it to adapt to both excess and insufficient food intake within reason. The set-point is a reference point at which the body tries to keep weight stable, and in adults who do not consciously try to control their body size, weight stays remarkably stable over time. Following a period of weight gain, it is relatively easy to revert to the previous set-point weight. However, trying to go below the set-point weight has the opposite affect. Metabolism tends to slow down as less food is eaten or as exercise is increased. For a dieter, this leads to a slow-down in weight loss, a plateau, or even weight regain on few calories. This is your body's attempt to keep your weight stable. Your body does not distinguish the lower caloric intake of a diet from an actual famine and will lower metabolic rate to maintain set-point. When the dieter does eat, the body will put on fat to make up for any weight lost. Over repeated periods of dieting, the body will gain back extra weight (thus raising its set-point) to prepare for the possibility of another starvation period. A biological mechanism that is necessary for physical survival during times of famine becomes a source of distress in a fat-prejudiced, diet-oriented society. Dieting makes the body and the mind hungry and often results in: preoccupation with food binge eating irritability, depression, fatigue, social withdrawal, poor concentration, increased use of condiments, chewing gum, cigarettes, and caffeinated beverages.
Meanwhile, issues of poor self-esteem and personal difficulties experienced by the individual remain unaddressed and will likely get worse. It may surprise you to learn that there are many people who are of apparent normal weight who also struggle with retaining a healthy sense of self, positive body image and appearance.