After a fair amount of research, many doctors and scientists have concluded that dieting isn’t a great idea for everyone, and that it can actually cause more problems than it fixes.

Personally, I’ve always felt this instinctively. With the disclaimer that I’m not a doctor or trained health professional, I do think that we need to tune in more to what our bodies really need – and most of the time, that’s not deprivation.

As science becomes less concerned with image, and more concerned about content, people everywhere are discovering that their kind of healthy might be completely different than some other person. Let’s talk more about why we should focus on health, not diets or restrictions.

Unsuccessful Dieters Become Discouraged

Have you ever tried to go on a traditional diet? Are you still on that diet today? When most people as themselves those questions, the answer can be really upsetting.

Researchers have collected a lot of data that shows how people who aren’t successful with dieting will often become discouraged and even depressed. That leads to them dropping off completely because they feel like pursuing health is useless.

Dieting Is Often Less Effective

When people go on diets, the most common complaint is that the weight they lost simply comes back. This is because the body is always looking for equilibrium, and it will attempt to return to the state it knows the best. When you put that with the feelings of discouragement, it makes it very difficult for people to want to continue with their health goals.

Thin People Can Get the Same Illnesses

The focus that society has on the size of a person has been proven to provide very little information about the health of the person. People generally look at size as an indication because it’s something that they can see with their eyes, but what’s really going on all takes place in your organs where people can’t see what’s happening. Doctors have revealed that thin people can also get disease that are considered to be synonymous with being overweight.

Things That Do Help

Instead of looking at belt sizes and things like that, it would be a good idea if you could actually go into the doctor and find out if your vitamins and minerals are being absorbed by your body efficiently. The only things that should be limited are the things that can actually harm your body, like the inhalation of smoke from cigarettes, and the over consumption of alcohol.

When you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and get lots of exercise every month, you’ll mostly find that your body will rise to the occasion when you need it. Of course, do speak to your doctor if you have any serious concerns, but in most cases simply living a healthier and more balanced lifestyle is much more effective in the short and long terms than any crash diet.