Constantly claiming to be “dieting” is an excuse given by individuals who are trying to cover up an eating disorder and in many cases they don’t even realize they have one. Worse yet, eating disorders can develop as a result of fad diets that are all about starving yourself or eliminating all of your favorite foods. Although most weight loss efforts start out with healthy objectives, they often turn into a sort of extreme diet that is unsustainable, often leading to feelings of shame and depression.
You may be asking yourself “what do an eating disorder or diet have in common”? An eating disorder is a distorted and unhealthy look at dieting however there are diet plans out there that are so extreme that they border on an eating disorder themselves. Gimmicky diets can lead you into a lifestyle where you find yourself denying much needed vitamins, nutrients and minerals that can help you lose weight and live a healthy life. Health is the main concern here and there’s a reason why eating disorders are such a big deal in the public eye; they often lead to disastrous health issues. An unhealthy diet combined with an eating disorder is all about self punishment and the extreme diets many opt for in their efforts to lose weight fast can sap you of energy, and often lead to binging or a number of other compulsive eating problems.
Hardly anyone possesses a completely healthy approach to food and portion control. It’s a shame that this is becoming the norm but it’s something that most of us truly do struggle with. Whether you are one of the many who eat when they are depressed or stressed out, or someone who simply doesn’t have their meal portions under control, chances are you have struggled with food, leading to a sort of weight loss panic and looking for a quick fix for the problem. Of course weight loss isn’t something you can just jump into. If you run from your poor dietary habits and jump into a starvation diet plan then you’ll quickly fail and end up going back to old habits which is often the vicious cycle that can lead from diet to eating disorder.
You can’t just set a goal and then stop dieting when you reach it. This is one of the fundamental problems people have with weight loss programs because they deprive themselves of food and eat along such strict guidelines that what they end up doing is jumping from one eating disorder into another. Whether you are binge eating and indulging too much or have now gone to the other side of the coin and are depriving yourself in order to get results, then you have an eating disorder.
A diet plan might change your eating habits but it isn’t meant to make them impossible to live with. A healthy diet is about a lifestyle change that you can sustain; something that won’t vanish in the up coming months. It’s about living healthy and staying that way.
If you feel you may have an eating disorder contact a FINE to FAB consultant for immediate help and get control of your health.
If you need to get a handle on your fear of being not good enough, please reach out. We can help you can get on with your life.