Dieting For Women – Breaking The Cycle Of Weight Loss Failure
Women have dieted for centuries. Media attention to slim celebrities and their own desires of being skinny or sexy have caused countless women to diet and many of them to fail, repeatedly. Breaking the cycle of yo-yo dieting can be difficult but studies show that going back and forth between fad diets can have a detrimental effect on a woman’s health, not to mention the fact that these diets often fail to keep weight off.
The question has been raised as to whether losing weight quickly or slowly is best. Australian researchers are working with a group of 100 women who are considered to be obese to answer this question. The study focuses on the response of the body to dieting by reducing the rate of metabolism and increasing appetite. Both of these factors play a major role in why many diets fail. Amanda Salis, Associate Professor from the University of Sydney is heading up the study and hopes to find an answer for women through rapid weight loss.
“While health professionals have long recommended slow and steady weight loss, these programs do not stop people from feeling hungry.” – health.msn.co.nz
The study aims to prove that rapid weight loss will curb the appetite. Salis claims that research has shown that many women placed on lower calorie eating plans and who were given meal replacement formulas for at least one meal per day did not feel as hungry as they thought they would prior to the study. She hopes to show that after just a couple of days, hunger disappears and dieting will be much more successful.
Nearly 91 percent of women are currently unhappy with their appearance. Many turn to dieting in an attempt to make their bodies look more attractive but without knowing how to diet properly, most of these women fail in their weight loss attempts. Pathological dieting can lead to severe health issues which makes it essential that women learn healthier ways of losing weight and maintaining healthy weights.
“Many of these pathological dieters develop some type of eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia.” – iowastatedaily.com
Many women eat when they are stressed out or facing emotional turmoil and this can lead to yo-yo dieting which can be very unhealthy. Studies have shown that pathological dieters, those who spend time on and off diets for years, are at a much higher risk for developing bulimia and anorexia. Stress systems can be affected after dieting which could lead to lifelong health issues. The answer? Women need to learn how to lose weight the healthy way and avoid overeating in the future.
Extreme dieting can also be unhealthy when it is done frequently. Most women who lose weight by extreme dieting, significantly reducing calorie intake for a few days at a time and then eating normal again, gain that weight back within just a few months. While some forms of fasting can help women to lose weight and achieve better health, most women are unaware of how to properly fast with regards to weight loss.
“A 2007 study in American Psychologist reviewed the results of several long-term studies on subjects who followed various low-calorie plans and found that the potential benefits are too small.” – foxnews.com
Women can learn to lose weight and stay healthy, but yo-yo dieting and diet fads are simply not the way to go.