People are constantly trying out new diets and trends that they may come across on social media in an attempt to lose weight and as a result, their weight fluctuates. Instead of helping the person lose weight, it takes a toll on their health and metabolism. A solution to this is trying to work to achieve a sustainable and long-term diet plan, which is a much better way to become healthier. Trying to achieve a healthy diet over time instead of succumbing to fad diets and trends will often reap better results.
A sustainable diet is one where a variety of food is eaten and there is a balance between the person’s intake of food and their needs. When working towards a sustainable diet, it is important to eat more plants and moderate your intake of meat and dairy. If you are someone who eats meat or dairy regularly, try to incorporate plant substitutes like beans for protein or soy milk instead of regular milk so that you won’t need to consume it excessively. Moreover, it is to buy high-quality food and try to limit your intake of processed or refined foods. For example, try to get whole or iron-rich foods such as brown rice instead of white rice, or dried fruit instead of candy, which is much healthier.
Following diet trends can be extremely damaging to your body even if they’re for a short period of time but they’re presented in a way that draws the audience in. Diets often eliminate essential nutrients, which can cause you to become prone to binges. When your body doesn’t get enough nutrients or energy, it sends signals to your brain that you are in need of food. As a result, you start to crave unhealthy and high-fat, and high-sugar foods and start to gain weight instead of losing weight. Most diets trends last from a day or two to about a week, and they ask you to keep your calorie intake extremely low for this period. This will result in your metabolism becoming slower and will make you feel tired and dull. Fad diets also often ask you to cut out all carbs and fats, when in reality, they are an important part of your diet. Carbs are necessary for your body to function as they are the main source of energy and fats are essential for your brain to function properly. The key is to consume them in moderation, which is to neither over-eat nor under-eat and make sure your body is getting enough to function well.
As they say “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” This is especially true about your health journey. So get on board the train and the destination is longevity.
Article by Meera, A part of a student internship project.
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