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Why you should stop dieting!

You’ll end up heavier

Once they’ve stopped dieting, most woment put even more weight back on. The reason is that by dieting regularly, your basal metabolic rate becomes adjusted to a lower calorie intake and your body works at a lower level, burning fewer calories. When you go back to eating normally your body is confused. Your basal metabolic rate remains lower, you burn fewer calories than you did before dieting and put all the weight back on. This creates a yo-yo effect.

Your energy levels plummet

One way women lose weight quickly is to stop eating carbohydrates. This can lead to weight loss because once the carbohydrate stores in the liver are used, the body burns fat to produce energy. However, this is not a healthy or sustainable way to lose weight. No Carbs means no starch in the body which is the substance broken down into sugars and this can lead to a dip in the body’s blood sugar which can cause low-energy levels.

It causes bad breath

If you’ve restricted your diet to such an extent that your body is burning fat stores rather than carbohydrates in order to produce energy, you’ll produce a by-product called ketones. This is an acid that can cause bad breath and it is what diabetics produce when they develop ketoacidosis — a coma-inducing condition when the body stops producing insulin. When dieters bum fat stores, their bodies mimic this process to a lesser extent.

Its not sustainable

Dieting doesn’t teach you much about healthy eating — it simply divides food into good and bad categories. If, once you’ve finished dieting, you go back to what you were eating before, the chances are you will put all the weight back on. This is not good for your body or your self-confidence.

So what’s the alternative if you want to lose weight?

The key to long-term weight loss is having good eating that become a way of life. It’s about keeping a check on your weight, having a look at what you eat and learning to enjoy exercise. For many women, food is a complex issue, which is about more than just eating.

To lose weight successfully, you need to not only change your eating habits but your lifestyle and mindset too. It is about re-eavaluating your relationship with food, identifying what triggers you to eat crisps, biscuits and snacks between meals and either trying to avoid or minimize those situations or finding a healthier alternative. For most women who are maybe between half a stone and a stone overweight, making minor changes over a long period of time can make all the difference.