Dieting and Nutrition – The Same Thing or a Fight between Good and Evil?!
Guest Post Courtesy of the Xtend-Life Blog
Nutritional Psychology helps to discuss with people how the food we eat impacts on the way we think and behave, and how it affects our life, and vice versa. It helps people to understand what they eat and what it does to our health and behavior – not only what food reactions have on the body, but also the way we think about and behave with food that may lead to a positive or negative instance or outcome. “Yo-Yo” dieting, or chronic dieting stems from an instant dislike of what we look like or what we are about, and a temporary desire to rectify this as fast as possible. It is a bit like actually having a craving for something, be that a chocolate biscuit or a bet on the horses, and HAVING to satisfy that need right away. We often have a goal in mind – that wedding just around the corner we need to look good for, or that holiday coming up that we want to suddenly look slim for. Acute dieting however can be dangerous to the body and longer-term actually make you put on more weight that you had I the first place. This is because when you suddenly go on a diet you are ‘shocking’ the body into doing something it isn’t used to, and isn’t designed for. Your body has relied on a constant supply of certain foods. Changing this ‘cold turkey’ is a shock to the system. The immediate reaction of the body to this is to begin shutting down a little. This is the period where you think that the diet you are doing is working, because during this time you WILL lose weight. As the body begins to reduce its normal functioning reserve fats are used, making you feel slimmer….adrenaline is pumped through the body at a temporary more constant rate, making you feel that you have more energy. So what is actually happening during an Acute Diet?
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