It’s hard to talk about diets without talking about the other elephant in the room — disordered eating. It takes a lot of different forms, so it’s hard to break it down into terms like anorexia or bulimia. Those are not the only ways that disordered eating can manifest. If you’re really wanting to think about trying to have a healthy life, you need to conquer the mental game of losing weight. We’ve written about it before, but we really never expanded on why this stuff is so important. The truth is that you have to think about the mental game to prevent yourself from falling into really bad eating patterns.
If you let a diet get out of control, it can really take over your life. If you’re thinking about food constantly, you get in the way of a lot of time to actually live. You will need to make sure that you’re always thinking about the bigger picture. There is no dress that is worth damaging your health just to it into. We’re not trying to be sexist here — after all, men do have eating disorders as well. You have to make sure that you’re always thinking about treating your body with the best of care.
The downside to getting caught up in eating disorders of any kind is that they really do play hell on your metabolism. This means that once you heal from the eating disorder, you might actually find that it’s really hard to lose weight. This is because you’ve proved to the body that you’ll enter starvation mode on purpose, therefore it tries to protect you from just about anything and everything that it possibly can. It’s the only way to go, really, and the body knows exactly how to take care of things for you. It will regulate your metabolism up or down based on what it thinks you need to do. Starving your body is like telling your body that there isn’t going to be food for a long time, therefore the body needs to hold onto fat.
It’s the way we’re wired.
If you’re dealing with an eating disorder, you need to make sure that you’re not doing it on your own. Even if you think that you’re strong enough to fight things on your own, you still don’t want to try to do this on your own. It makes a lot more sense trying to get someone that can really stand by you when things get rough. That’s truly the best way to have a bright, shining future still waiting for you.
The consequences of an eating disorder can actually be quite severe. You might find that your skin is constantly dry, your hair is falling out and periods actually stop. Again, everyone is different — these are just some symptoms that seem to affect girls who strive to be “skinny” at all costs.
Again, we’re not trying to pick on anyone. But we would be out of place as a diet blog to not discuss responsible dieting. Take your time — this is not a race. You aren’t going to win a prize if you drop weight faster than your friends. You don’t have to put your life on hold just because you’re not at your goal weight. You need to always make sure that you’re thinking about the bigger picture — your health, of course! Good luck!