Pause before rushing for diet, perception may not be reality Reviewed by Momizat on . Herbal Chikitsa All of us tend to form an image of our bodies in mind. However this body image may or may not match with the how we really appear or how others Herbal Chikitsa All of us tend to form an image of our bodies in mind. However this body image may or may not match with the how we really appear or how others Rating: 0
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Pause before rushing for diet, perception may not be reality

Pause before rushing for diet, perception may not be reality

Herbal Chikitsa

All of us tend to form an image of our bodies in mind. However this body image may or may not match with the how we really appear or how others look at us. Dieting or eating disorders especially among women are frequently linked to their perceptions about one’s own body. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating are some of the examples of dieting or eating disorders.

The quest for instant results in pursuit of desired body shapes and sizes leads many to drastic eating and diet regime only to repent later in life. While a perfectly fit frame is not impossible to achieve, it requires long-term planning. But most youngsters in general and girls in particular resort to drastic measures in the haste to attain the perfectly fit frame and end up compromising their health.

Long-term moderate healthy eating and exercise go a long way in achieving the perfect size and shape without adversely affecting health, but it needs time and patience.

Poor body image generally leads people to resort to dieting. Dieting on a regular basis is not at all advisable as it leads to ill health and depression due to fluctuation in weight as a result of dieting. Hence, maintain healthy eating behaviours, rather than dieting.
In most cases people think they are overweight while in reality they are not. It is 45 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men in the healthy weight range think they are overweight.
At least 20 per cent of women who are underweight think that they are overweight and are dieting to lose weight.
Body image has some cultural links – for example, some research shows that Asian women, after moving to Australia, take on body image and diet habits that are not common in their own countries.

Dieting does not last

Apart from physical health, dieting is detrimental to mental state too. Women on diet tend to resort to binge eating, vomit, do not get the nutrients essential for good health, over-exercise, have poor health, become depressed or anxious, develop eating disorder.
The lost now-gained again vacillation of weight puts people at a higher risk of heart disease and other health problems. It has been said that a cycle of weight loss and weight gain is enough for development of heart disease in future. Frequently dieting increases risk of eating disorders.

Protective fat for women

Women who are on overdrive to lose weight need to bear one thing in mind that all the fat is not all that bad. It is natural for them to have fat on hips and thighs as it provide them a protective cover essential for Fertility and breastfeeding, prevention of osteoporosis and healthy skin, eyes, hair and teeth. Hence, nothing, not even dieting will remove this fat no matter what they do.

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