Sense and nonsense of diets

The desire for "socially compliant" body measurements has in recent years produced an unmanageable number of diets, miracle drugs and dietary counselors. An end to this trend is not foreseeable. At a time when general performance thinking sometimes drives strange flowers, the suffering of many obese people seems to attract more and more providers to the market.

Reasons to diet: are they eligible?

In a representative survey, 88 percent of women and 76 percent of men said appealing looks were the main reason for dieting; only a minority had priority for health or other reasons. The number of people suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders is also steadily increasing. Such results suggest that the health-friendliness of the weight-loss measures is less subject to scrutiny; constant weight fluctuations and shortages are accepted. The trend to reach the figure of skinny models and clothing size zero counter current research findings. Although low obesity (BMI between 25 and 27) may not meet the aesthetic expectations of many people, from a medical point of view, there is hardly any need for weight loss if there are no other health problems (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart / circulatory diseases). In some studies, BMI values ​​in the upper normal range have even proved to be healthier than low values ​​- especially with increasing age. With only a slight overweight should focus on a stabilization of body weight and not the pursuit of supposed ideals. Repeated fluctuations in body weight and rapid weight loss from "crash diets" have been proven to be detrimental to health and certainly less healthy than a few small rolls on the ribs.

Do diets make any sense at all?

A time-limited, one-sided diet or a waiver of food brings no success, but has only disadvantages. The limited eating pleasure and constant hunger feelings reduce the quality of life and promote the uncontrolled consumption of food in the context of food cravings. The danger of developing an eating disorder is also increasing. The breakdown of muscle tissue by the "starvation cure" leads to a lower resting turnover, ie to a lower energy consumption. Together with the functioning on a "back burner" metabolism are thus conceivable poor conditions for a lasting, healthy weight loss - finally, the organism is signaled with starvation periods, he should save for bad times (which leads to the known yo-yo effect after the diet). In addition, shortage situations (minerals, vitamins) can quickly arise, especially if the choice falls on a one-sided slimming diet.

Just eat healthy

The medically justifiable reasons to change your diet are to increase your well-being and improve your health. But then it is not synonymous, "dieting" diets, but permanently change the diet. A healthy, varied diet increases the enjoyment, sensitizes health awareness and improves the quality of life. And as a pleasant side effect, it also results in an adjustment of body weight to an acceptable level - especially when combined with regular exercise.

Question behavior and adapt

It makes sense to develop a nutritional strategy that you can stick to. Only those who understand the correlations in metabolism can learn which influences lead to an increase in body weight and which role the physical activity plays. It is important to know that it is not primarily calories that are fat but the nature of their composition. For that reason calorie counting alone makes little sense. Rather, one should also be careful to closely observe the fat content of the food. However, this requires that you think about what you eat exactly, that is about the composition of the food. Also, what are the consequences of the simultaneous intake of certain substances (for example, fat and alcohol, coffee and vitamins), one should also be clear. The questions about the "why" you should ask yourself: Why do you eat something like when? The reasons for eating can be very different; Satisfying the basic need for "hunger" seems to be increasingly secondary. Do I eat out of frustration, for comfort? Do I possibly eat out of dissatisfaction or boredom or because I miss something? In addition to the occasion, one should also think about the circumstances that prevail when eating. It makes a difference whether one celebrates in society a self-prepared food with relish and in peace or whether one feeds "unconsciously" nutrients in the stress or in front of the television. Try to analyze your eating habits. In any case, avoid evaluating or even blaming yourself.

Enjoyment is the most important thing

Food has always had a tremendously emotional significance. Not only the taste counts - also eyes, nose and even fingers eat (and want to be satisfied). In addition, the food intake releases a firework of messengers in our bodies, which also have an effect on our state of mind. The sum of all these elements can make food a very sensual experience - the bigger and more varied the range of food used, the more impressive. Fresh, high-quality raw materials irritate the senses far more comprehensively than "sterile" processed foods. In the context of a diet is often dispensed with pleasure - by the reduced amount of food and especially by the low variety and choice. By doing so, one accepts a not inconsiderable restriction of the quality of life, which leads to frustration and dissatisfaction. Also, the prohibitions often associated with a diet make little sense. For example, it is better to eat high-fat or low-calorie foods in a controlled and moderate manner (without completely eliminating them from the menu).


Measures for weight loss are justified if they take place as a permanent change to a healthy, wholesome and yet enjoyable diet. They make sense when quality of life is gained instead of being lost.

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