Going on a ‘diet’ has the purpose of getting ourselves in shape and to correct unhealthy eating habits and replace them with healthy ones. However, it’s a myth that all diets are healthy or safe.
Even if the intent of the diet is to be healthy, a diet that lacks a safe structure can quickly turn dangerous, and actually can be classified as an eating disorder. An eating disorder is defined as any type of eating habits that are destructive to your body and are abnormal, so if a diet causes you to not get your required nutrients and starves your system of what it actually needs, it turns into a dieting disorder.
There are several ways to avoid and recognize a harmful diet. First of all, make sure to do your research on the diet plan you are following. Any diets that appear to take extreme measures should give you a red flag of a diet you should possibly avoid. If you start a diet, make sure to listen to what your body is telling you. You should never starve yourself or keep your body from what it needs. Forcing yourself to follow a dieting plan even though it’s not a healthy fit is destructive, and not encouraged. Everyone’s bodies are different, and some diets work better for others, so keep this in mind.
One reason someone may fall into a bad diet that is extreme or forced is that they want fast results. It may seem like a good idea, but in the end, it only hurts your body more. Being patient and consistent with a healthy diet is the safest way to go. Instant results are impossible, and your body needs time to adapt to the changes. Eating disorders are both a physical and mental state, so It is dangerous to have the mentality of being brutal to yourself and overly restrictive.
Always be wary of bad diets that lack the nutrients your body needs and are forced. Dieting disorders are a form of eating disorders, which is the opposite of what is wanted when trying to improve your health. Be kind to your body!