Why you should avoid restrictive and DIY diets
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being careful about what you eat and balancing food choices for a healthy and lean body.
However, when this becomes an extreme behaviour and induces close inspection of every single food, then it is no longer a healthy habit.
If you have followed, or indeed are following a restrictive diet, you should be aware that there is a risk it will not work and that it can be highly damaging to your body.
What is a restrictive diet?
A restrictive diet buys into the philosophy can reduced calories is the best way to lose weight.
But in reality what it does is to minimally reduce body fat and highly reduce body muscle, dangerously slowing your metabolism of foods.
A restrictive diet sucks you into a vicious circle from which it is really quite hard to escape.
- A traditional calorie-focused restrictive diet: less food and fewer calories.
- Reduction of lean muscle with your body. This occurs because the body tends to burn less and defend fat reserves. That makes you feel tired and causes you to lose muscle tone.
- Initially, there will be general weight loss, including both lean muscle and fat.
Thereafter there is a yo-yo effect. Once the restrictive diet is over, the body which had previously reduced lean muscle and slowed down its metabolic rate tends to burn less and turn all that you eat into fat.
- What normally happens is that a new diet follows, and the same cycle is repeated which over time can dangerously affect your lean muscle mass and your general health.
What are the dangers of a restrictive diet?
The dangers of following a restrictive diet are being caught up in this vicious circle not only regarding only the fast weight gain but also damage caused by dietary deficiencies:
- Feeling weak, hungry and tired: not eating the right amount of calories for your body can work against you. A restrictive diet has negative effects on your metabolism, hunger levels, energy, mood, sleep, hormonal and reproductive health. Drastic and fast weight change can cause loss of tissue from vital organs, apathy, malaise, and both physical and mental tiredness.
- A negative effect on hormones and metabolism. Dangers of a restrictive diet included sleep-interruption, infertility, acne, increase in body fat, reduced strength and even depression.
- An increase in stress, guilt-complexes and anxiety. People who follow a restrictive diet often feel guilt, shame and anxiety over making food choices. This is an alarm that may signify the presence of an unhealthy relationship with food.
- Time wasting and inefficiency. Believing that a restrictive diet is an efficient diet is truly dangerous.
Just keep an open mind because there are many balanced diets which will give the right amount of calories for your body, whilst keeping you in good shape and healthy.
Why use the Italiano Diet method?
The Italiano Diet is the blueprint for weight reduction based on the activation of a metabolic process called ketosis.
A ketogenic diet reduces carbohydrates and forces the body to produce the glucose that it needs autonomously, thus increasing energy consumption of the fats contained in adipose tissue.
We will be talking about this specifically over the next two weeks.
The Italiano Diet is different from the traditional ketogenic diet in that it tends to improve and manage the use of ketones via the use of plants extracts.
Indeed we can call this a phyto-ketogenic diet.
By adhering to this dietary blueprint you will feed your body wholly, take full advantage of plant-power.
The Italiano Diet method works as follows:
- It eliminates nearly all sugars and it limits fats.
- It provides pure proteins to your body – protectors of lean muscle mass – and thus doesn’t reduce your base metabolism.
So this diet falls inside the definition of a normoproteic diet, which maintains lean muscle mass and doesn’t overload the liver and kidneys.
The Italiano Diet is really a lifestyle choice, which will help you regain your health and keep hold of the great results.
It can last for a minimum of 15 days to a maximum of 60-80 days, but once finished, you can move to a food plan to ensure that you keep your weight constant.