4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go on a Diet

Most people want a slim and trim body. If you’re on a quest to get in shape and lose weight, you may have decided to go on a diet. However, dieting is not always the answer. While not all of them are bad for you, depending on your current health status, certain ones could make things worse. Here are some reasons why you may not want to embark on a diet.

1. You don’t have medical clearance

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It’s not a smart idea to just start any type of diet on a whim. Your best bet is to consult your doctor before trying an eating plan, especially if you have a chronic illness. Certain diets, like the grapefruit diet, could have a negative impact on your health. WebMD says grapefruit can have an interaction with some prescription drugs, such as ones used to treat high cholesterol and high blood pressure. So if you have any serious long-term illnesses, you’ll want to check with your doctor first.

In addition to a medical consultation, you may also want to meet with a nutritionist. He or she can help you figure out how many calories you should be eating each day as well as what foods are best for your needs. A nutritionist can also tell you how much you should weigh based on your age, height, and body type.

2. You’re being pressured

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If your significant other is complaining about your weight, saying you could stand to lose a few pounds, stop and think before you start counting calories. Even if you do need to lose weight, this is a decision that you should make under a doctor’s supervision. Don’t let your self-worth be tied to a number on your scale. If your partner can’t accept this, it’s time to part ways.

3. You’re underweight

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If you’re already quite thin, dieting is a bad idea. You need to have a certain amount of body fat in reserve in the event you become seriously ill or need surgery. Losing too much weight could cause your body to use up too much stored protein. On the other hand, if you’re already a healthy weight, it’s best to stop there. The desire to lose more when it’s not physically beneficial is often due to struggles with self-esteem. Is it possible your view of yourself doesn’t fall in line with reality?

You may have body dysmorphic disorder, which Mayo Clinic explains is a condition where individuals fixate on their perceived flaws. If this sounds like you, you may benefit from seeing a therapist with special training in body image issues or eating disorders. He or she can help you effectively work through any dysfunctional thought patterns and guide you toward developing a healthy self-image. If you’re engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as severe calorie restriction or purging after meals, you should seek professional help sooner rather than later. 

4. You think losing weight will make your life better

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Losing weight won’t necessarily make your life better. What will help is dealing directly with the relationships and situations in your life that are causing you to pack on the pounds. Are you dealing with a stressful job? Is your marriage on the rocks? If food has become your source of comfort, it’s time to address the situations that are turning you into a stress eater. Once this is taken care of, you’ll be more likely to keep the weight off once you do begin a diet.

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