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Diet and Dieting Problems

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Why doesn't my diet work?
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Diet Sign

Numerous studies show that 98-percent of people who lose weight regain it within five years.

Ninety-percent of these gain more weight than they originally lost.

The failure of weight loss programs is so great that a leading researcher has said, "Dieting is the leading cause of obesity in the United States."

Lay out of one of the primary problems:

  • The typical daily calorie intake for adults is 2400 to 3000.
  • The typical weight loss program reduces this to 900 to 1200 calories a day.
  • You are still doing whatever you do on this reduced input. Right?
  • Logically you must lose weight! So what's up?

The Starvation Factor

The World Health organization defines starvation (the point at which the body is dying) as 900 calories or less a day.

At this input level your body starts to use its reserves and this includes loss of fat, muscle and bone. The heart and the brain can be detrimentally effected if this "Starvation level" calorie input is maintained. It is likely that your body's natural electrolyte balance will be disturbed and high blood pressure can result, as well. In addition:  Mental and Physical stress occurs as your body tries to compensate. Bone mass decrease with loss of calcium and resultant osteoporosis can occur. (Exacerbated in post menopausal women). Estrogen deficiency may occur.

Illnesses as a Result of Diets

One source estimates that over 100,000 women will die from diet related or exacerbated causes this year. It should also be remembered that fat tissue is a vital component of the human body. It provides energy reserves and storage, insulates and protects. Ensure you visit your personal physician or a registered dietitian before going on a diet. There is considerable evidence that the following conditions can be diet related:

Learning to cope with diet problems

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Decreased attention span
  • Weakness
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • High blood pressure
  • Hair loss
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Gall stones
  • Heart disease
  • Ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Anemia
  • Dry skin
  • Skin rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Amenorrhea
  • Gout
  • Infertility
  • Kidney stones
  • Numbness in the legs
  • Weight gain
  • Eating disorders
  • Reduced resistance to infection
  • Lowered exercise tolerance
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Bone loss
  • Osteoporosis
  • Death

Summing it all up

According to health experts at Johns Hopkins University, "On any non-medically supervised weight loss program, women should consume at least 1200 calories a day and men at least 1600 per day."

Proper diets are a slow relentless process which require, commitment, planning and time.

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