When to change your diet?

Some people get quickly discouraged whole trying to lose weight, and give up the fight for a slim figure. Others, however, want to lose weight regardless of the sacrifices and any obstacles that come along. People with strong will who persistently pursue weight loss deserve the praise without a doubt, but we should be reasonable while losing weight and remember that the most important thing is our own health. A change of diet might be necessary in certain situations.

Fatigue

Loss of energy and drowsiness are the signs that the body is imbalanced, which can be caused by lack of certain nutrients. Weight loss should never be based on limiting the amount of consumed food, which is why the “eat less” diet is not a good way to reduce body mass. A reckless food intake reduction can leave the body without enough nutrients. More important than the amount of food, is what you eat. A lot of people that are complaining about fatigue use a restricted diet, e.g. the Copenhagen Diet. It’s worth noting that reducing weight in this manner can cause health problems, as well as the yo-yo effect. Fatigue can be caused by a lack of carbohydrates or Vitamin B12 and iron deficiency, which can also cause anaemia. If a blood test confirms iron deficiency, please refer to an appropriate supplement, to replenish this important element, and prevent it from getting worse.

Problems with memory and concentration

A diet could be lacking the necessary vitamins and minerals for maintaining a good memory and concentration. Issues with memory and focus can appear, inter alia, with magnesium and Vitamin B deficiency. Fatty acids and omega 3 and 6 also play an important role, but are often insufficient in a diet. Difficulty with getting used to the new dietary rules and constant thinking about forbidden foods can disturb your concentration, which is why it’s important to thoroughly analyse the situation.

Acidification

Acidification, or the acid-alkali imbalance, applies to 80% of Europeans, which is why everyone is exposed to it, not just people who are trying to lose weight. You would think that if acidification was such a common occurrence, it shouldn’t worry anyone too much. This is the wrong approach, as body acidification can lead to a lot of diseases, and acid-alkali imbalance makes it harder to lose weight. Excess protein in the diet can encourage acidification, which is why it usually appears in people who use a high protein diet. Any food products can be divided into acidic and alkaline. In order to avoid acidification, it’s important to make sure the latter doesn’t dominate the diet.

Distress of the digestive system

Excessive limitation of food is a mistake, as it can slow the metabolism down. By consuming a large amount of fibre and not drinking enough water, or overusing laxatives, you can cause gastrointestinal disorder and constipation. The correct functioning of the digestive system is important for keeping a slim figure, which is why it’s also important not to disregard such issues.

Hormonal imbalance

The risk of hormonal disorders concerns mostly women. A restriction diet can in consequence turn into disruption of the menstrual cycle, reduction in menstrual bleeding or even complete loss of menstruation. Not enough food combined with a lot of intense workout forces the body to stop processes that are not necessary to survive, which is why reckless weight loss can also cause amenorrhea. If such problems should present themselves, it’s important to go see a gynaecologist, who will prescribe medication to restore hormonal balance.

Posted on: November 17, 2016

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