When you hear the word ‘diet’, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably restriction, pressure, and attempting to lose weight fast. There is a tone of debate about dieting in the health and fitness world. Is it good to diet? Bad to diet? Should you focus on nutrition instead? How about gluten free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, south beach, Atkins….the list goes on. To clear things up, let’s get technical on some advantages and disadvantages about dieting, and have some real talk about nutrition.
Advantages of Dieting
Diets in the traditional sense – eating plans restricted in both duration and variety of food, with the goal of losing weight – can have a positive impact on one’s when implemented out of medical necessity. The Ketogenic Diet, for example, is a high-fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet that is used to help individuals diagnosed with epilepsy. Another example would be the oil-free, low fat, vegan diet used by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn to treat patients with heart disease at the Cleveland Clinic.
Following a traditional restrictive diet also promotes self-control. If an individual is successfully able to eliminate or greatly reduce the intake of food which is composed of poor quality food (ex. high-fat, high-sodium foods such as potato chips), that person has obviously developed strong impulse control skills applicable to many aspects of their lives. In our culture of instant gratification, the cultivation of self-control cannot be undervalued.
Furthermore, traditional diets can provide results in the short-term because they reduce the ingestion of foods with little to no nutritional value (ex. refined carbohydrates such as white bread or pasta). Restrictive dieting also encourages healthy nutritional choices by allowing the individual to introduce themselves to healthy foods to which they may not have been used to eating. As healthy food choices begin to comprise a larger percentage of an individual’s diet, cravings for high-sugar, high-sodium, high-fat foods gradually begin to fade. This leads to greater overall health and vitality.
Disadvantages of Dieting
First and most obvious, restrictive diets are in many cases simply too difficult to adhere to completely. Diets that focus on the consumption of one kind of food, such as the Cabbage Soup Diet or the Grapefruit diet, are good examples of this. If followed for longer than recommended or without the supervision of a nutrition or medical expert, restrictive diets can also place the individual at risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This can lead to a variety of ailments ranging from hair loss to organ damage.
Another potential disadvantage of using a traditional restrictive diet is the possibility of uncontrolled weight loss, which can pose a variety of problems for one’s health. Diets can also place the individual at risk of developing eating disorders such as extreme dieting, which falls under the category of Anorexia.
The above chart also shows another potential disadvantage of dieting. Prolonged exposure to unhealthy eating practices leads to an accumulation of toxins in the fat stored around the body. Reducing calories can lead to the breakdown of this excess toxin laden fat and “Rebounding” takes place.
The Bauwave Plan
The Bauwave nutrition program recognizes that there are no quick fixes or gimmicks when it comes to the food we put into our bodies and the effects these foods have on body fat percentage and overall health. The Bauwave Plan is basic, user-friendly and easy to follow and it does not require specialized foods only available at health food stores. All of the ingredients in a nutritionally balanced, healthy meal can be purchased at your local grocery store. Using the ratio of 60% above ground vegetables, 30% high quality protein, and 10% good fats at lunch and dinner as well as eating a healthy breakfast, anyone can lose weight, keep it off, and increase overall health in the long-term! Access the Bauwave nutrition plan by clicking here. It’s free. All you have to do is start today.