I could not agree more with this statement that dieting makes you fat. Many people are under the common misconception that dieting will make you thin, however diets are a quick fix and usually lead to the dieter gaining more weight in the long term. One in three women are on a diet, two thirds of these women will regain the weight lost after the first year, while all regain their lost weight after five years. In twenty percent of these cases women were found to gain more weight than they had previously lost.
There are many reasons that diets can make you fat. First of all most diets are unsustainable in the long term as they can involve cutting out entire food groups, this is an unhealthy and dangerous solution to weight loss and inevitably this weight loss will not last. Yes, with these ‘yo-yo diets’ a considerable amount of weight can be lost, and lost quickly, but this weight loss is almost always temporary, for a short time you will be happy with how much you have lost and how you now look. Soon these fad diets will begin to catch up on you, you will be short in energy, low in blood sugar and craving all kinds of sugary, fatty foods as a result of this almost starvation, or diet as it is so called. Finally when you’re happy with how much weight you’ve lost, or you have given in to temptation of this diet and decide to end it, it won’t be long for many before all the weight begins to pile back on, and in some cases even more than before.
I believe dieting is a temporary solution to a permanent problem, if someone really wants to lose weight they should make lifestyle changes which will last rather than getting into the habit of going on frequent ‘yo-yo’ diets, which will result in the weight continually being lost and regained once again. Not only is dieting a waste of energy and time, it can also be dangerous to your health and may cause long term psychological problems, resulting in eating disorders. Dieting which encourages cutting out certain meals such as breakfast, result in overeating later on in the day, as the body is low in blood sugar and it makes you feel like it’s okay to over-indulge, as the body makes up for the calories it has missed out on. Also cutting out on high fatty foods may seem like a good idea, although it is still possible for weight to be gained as a surplus of carbohydrates which the body cannot burn. Even then, eating excess healthy food will result in weight gain. Either way, for ninety percent of people who diet, the weight will be regained, this figure evidently supports my argument.
LL (5th year)