Radical diets can lead into obesity

The results of an American study, involving 496 girls aged 11 to 15 years, revealed that a strict diet in teenage years signifies a greater chance of obesity in adulthood. The research that lasted 4 years claims that girls, who consume appetite suppressant pills, deny food and try to control their weight with deliberate vomiting, sooner or later gain extra pounds.

Especially girls in adolescence are very sensitive to their look, because of acne, overweight or new curves. Losing a pound or two that bother us on the buttocks, abdomen or thighs doesn’t mean a threat to the organism. Completely another thing is, when teenage girls decide to adopt a radically restricted diet with intent to lose ten, maybe even twenty pounds within a few months. The reasons for this behavior are different. Maybe the girls have a poor self-image or they heard about this fantastic diet from a friend or maybe they read about this in a popular magazine. As a result, the intake of calories is very low and they often skip the meal because they want to achieve the change as quickly as possible. These girls have a higher risk of subsequent problems such as constant struggle with being overweight and eating disorders, which may turn into anorexia, bulimia or compulsive binge eating. In such cases, it may be even necessary a psychotherapeutic treatment, as often there are mental health problems and emotional distress in the background.

The above mentioned study, published in American Psychological Association’s Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, found that is possible to predict the risk of obesity of those girls, taking into account as well the genetics and nourishment habits of their family. Another factor that could lead them to overeat is also the lack of the hormone of happiness.

Away with extreme diets

Losing weight with modern and rigid diets harms our organism, because they are usually unilateral and bereave the body of important substances. In addition, the basal metabolism (the metabolism, which defines the required daily amount of calories we should consume) is reduced during dieting, so it’s necessary to adopt a gradual transition to a maintenance diet, otherwise the pounds return in as 90 % of cases.

Diets are especially harmful for those who keep alternating between periods of weight loss or even starvation and periods of binge eating. In the opinion of most doctors is much more harmful constant losing and getting pounds rather than keeping a constant body weight, although it’s a little bit increased. Particularly dangerous are fast and extreme diets.

A solution to remove excess body weight is a long and gradual diet, which provides the body with all the necessary substances. Very important is also the daily exercise, which is certainly the least risky way to reduce weight.