It's unsurprising that we're persuaded to diet. We live in a society that values women's thinness and men's muscularity, and these characteristics are depicted as desirable - a show of health, confidence, and achievement. As a result, if we don't fit into this mold, we may feel ill, lethargic, and "less than."

We can have some immediate negative consequences on our bodies when we diet or reduce our food intake. The fundamental operations in our bodies need roughly two-thirds of the daily energy requirements just to keep us alive. These duties include keeping our heart pumping, blood circulating, lungs inflating, kidneys filtering, and brain neurons firing - even if we were fast asleep in bed and didn't move a muscle.

Our bodies are working quite hard all the time. Add in the energy required to digest and absorb the food, for our immune system to keep us healthy or assist us in recovering from illness, for our bodies to constantly grow and repair themselves, to produce estrogen/progesterone or testosterone (and have a regular period), and for our normal daily activities.

So, when we don't eat enough and/or exercise so much that our bodies don't have enough energy to fuel these tasks, something has to give. The body begins to prioritize: what functions can it cease expending energy on if they aren't vital to our survival? As a result, common dieting reactions include:

• exhaustion and tiredness
• a decrease in sex drive
• In women, menstruation ceases or becomes irregular.
• Skin, hair, and nail quality decline
• feeling chilly

All of these things happen because our bodies are striving to save energy for essential processes. But, what if we maintain to limit our food intake or exercise to make our bodies spend more energy? As a result, we begin to deplete our own body's energy reserves. Yes, our fat stores are included, but our muscles are also included. We don't want to lose muscle since muscle and metabolism (the pace at which food is converted into energy) are linked: decreasing muscle slows down our metabolism. A slow metabolism can lead to rapid weight gain and make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight over time.

Our bodies are working even harder to preserve energy at this stage, so everything will slow down. That means we must:

• heart rate decreases
• lowering of blood pressure
• Your digestive system slows down, making you feel bloated, constipated, or uncomfortable in your stomach.
• The brain slows down, making it harder to concentrate, solve problems, and think in general.
• The metabolism slows

Doesn't appear to be a good idea, does it?

Consider how dieting affects your connection with food, even if you're not concerned about the physical repercussions. Have you ever been on a weight-loss regimen that works for a while but then you "fall off the wagon" and eat whatever (or everything) you can find in the pantry because you're just too dang hungry? You can blame it on greed or a lack of willpower, but it all boils down to one word: deprivation.

If we diet and lose some weight, our bodies will make every effort to restore our weight to its established point range. It accomplishes this by delivering hunger signals, raising the quantity of food-related thoughts and obsessions, and lowering our metabolism. If we reject these cues, our bodies will work even harder to do so, which can lead to binge eating. The illusions that we may choose to decrease weight below the natural range and which we can eat a healthy diet are extremely harmful. We have no control over our genetics.

Dieting is perceived as the solution by many, yet it is actually the problem. Long-term, diets are largely ineffectual and result in a variety of negative health and psychological repercussions. To improve our relationship with food as well as our bodies, we must work on accepting the bodies we were born with, stop denying ourselves, and compassionately provide our bodies with the nutrition they require to function. Otherwise, we would continue to harm our physical and mental health while also feeling inadequate and miserable.

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