Health and Dieting Essay

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Health and Dieting



The Truth on Dieting and Weight Loss About one-third of Americans are extremely
over-weight, which may be why crash dieting is beginning to plague America. It's estimated
that Americans alone spend 80-100 billion dollars on weight loss tactics. People go on
these diets to get quick results but are these results hurting them more than helping? The
answer is Yes! The safe and effective way to lose weight is through old-fashioned exercise
and the right diet. You cannot successfully lose weight by simply cutting food from your
diet or taking some pills; it is necessary to work for your results. Without depriving
your body of necessary nutrients through dieting, you can lose fat and get the body you've
always dreamed of, or at least one you're more comfortable with. The quote "The effects of
the current obsession with dieting can be devastating", said by Mr. Woodworth, a long time
exercise and nutrition expert, summarizes the dangers of dieting. The many dangerous
methods of losing weight: so called "dieting" or starvation/fad diets, pills and drugs,
over-exercising, surgery, and eating disorders, have taken many casualties. Many people go
on "diets", a word so commonly misused, to get quick results of weight loss. Perhaps the
most common is minor starvation and fad dieting. This method is when people become over
concerned with calorie intake. Many deaths have been associated with low calorie diets. By
trying to shed pounds simply by cutting all fat from the diet greatly increases the risk
of getting cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. That "low-fat" trap gets
people hooked on reduced-fat snacks or possibly not eating at all. So now the body is
being deprived of necessary nutrients not available in any pill or liquid form. Yes
cutting fat and cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, but nutrient
poor diets have an even larger risk of getting those diseases along with many others. Of
course a large percent of dieters will lose weight but they will feel depressed afterward
and gain back even more than before they started the diet. The reason they are losing
healthy weight along with the fat they were hoping to lose. In an infomercial with Tony
Little, he showed a graph of what the body loses when someone goes on a diet. By cutting
back on foods, the body becomes deprived of very important nutrients. Then when it seems
you are losing weight, what you are actually losing is fat AND MUSCLE. Many times, more
lean muscle than fat will be lost. And although they may look slimmer because their size
is smaller, they are actually weaker and more susceptible to injuries due to losing
"healthy" weight. Healthy weight is muscle and bone weight, the things that support your
structure and enable you to perform rigorous activities. A lot of the time "healthy"
weight is misinterpreted, especially in females. Which leads to an amazing fact that 62%
of women and 44% of men that are dieting aren't even overweight! But they are misled when
they step on the bathroom scale and "My God" looks at what it says! They are not realizing
that muscle outweighs fat over 2:1. Therefor, many people may think they are fat even
though they may be healthy. I myself am an example of that. On a height and age chart it
says my ideal weight for my height is 155 pounds. I am 168, so does that mean that I am
overweight? Not necessarily. Charts and stuff are made for averages and trends because
when doing a body fat testing I had only 10.8% body fat which is below the average for
people my age and size. So the bathroom scale scares many people into believing that they
need to lose weight when it may not be necessary. On top of overweight people dieting we
also have healthy people dieting, both of which are extremely dangerous. Thus, the fad
diet/starvation method should be completely avoided because simple "dieting" is just a
stepping stone that may lead to much more serious things that become life changing or life
threatening. It starts as a simple "diet" progressed into another dangerous way of losing
weight with the help of pills or drugs that lead to eating disorders. How wonderful it
would be if we could all take a couple of pills a day and not worry what else we may eat
all while obtaining that body we yearn for. Unfortunately, we don't have that pill and
probably never will so avoid the dangerous imitations out there. What is not told about
these miracle pills that make you have the body of your dreams is that they cause fatigue,
hyperphagia, insomnia, mood changes, irritability and if really abused psychosis. While
claiming to boost your metabolism, reduce fat, and suppress your appetite they may become
addicting and your body may eventually depend upon them. Many of these pills contain
untested chemicals and slip by the FDA by claiming that they are food supplements not
drugs. And while each year many deaths are due to these products they are still being used
by seven percent of adolescent girls in the U.S. and thirty-four percent have at least
tried them. Furthering the risk of complications in life and leading many times to death
along with dieting. People with eating disorders are believed to be the result from the 70
million Americans who diet each year, lose the weight, regain the weight, and then diet
again. They, instead of going back to dieting once more, become anorexia nervosa or
bulimia nervosa. Anorexia is when an individual is more than 15 percent under expected
weight, fears gaining weight, females have amenorrhea (males lose sex drive) and abnormal
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