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How Dieting can Impact your Mood

Although it is rewarding to step on the scales and see that you’re a couple of pounds lighter than you were the week previously, actually losing the weight can be pretty tough. You have to continue following a lower calorie diet than usual and when you’re used to eating whatever you want without really thinking about the consequences it can take awhile to adapt to the new way of doing things. However, you can find yourself overwhelmed by the desire to lose weight quickly, which leads you to take rather drastic action. Consequently, you may lose weight fast, but it can have a negative impact on both your physical and mental well-being.

To lose weight quickly you basically have to starve your body of essential calories. Weight loss is obviously dependent on you burning more calories than you consume, but when you go on a diet your focus tends to be on cutting calories as much as possible. Ideally, you would reduce your calorie intake and increase your calorie expenditure, but sometimes it’s just more convenient to make changes to your diet. Instead of being sensible about it, though, there is a tendency for people to follow a fad diet, which can therefore see them living on cabbage soup for weeks at a time.

If all you’re eating is cabbage soup, it isn’t surprising if you feel tired, miserable and lethargic all the time because you’re taking onboard so few calories that it can be hard to motivate yourself to do anything. Your body is struggling to cope with so few calories; while, mentally, you become preoccupied with weight and food, which does nothing to make you feel better. When you step on the scales you might feel that the hardship has been worth it, but usually, within a few weeks of coming off your diet you’ll start to see the weight creeping back on.

You therefore waste a few weeks or months of your life each time you go on a diet, since you may lose weight quickly, but you don’t adopt the habits you need to keep the weight off. Consequently, you watch your weight going up and down, which leaves you feeling as though you have no control over your weight. You’re probably elated whenever you lose a few pounds, but regaining it all just leaves you feeling down. Thus, your self-esteem can take quite a serious blow each time you go on a diet, lose weight and then put it all back on again, which is one reason why dieting isn’t the best way to go about weight loss.