Should You Be Dieting? The Pros and Cons

But the results can be worth it if you’re trying to be healthier and lose weight. Of course, whether or not dieting is bad for you depends on the type of diet plan you’re following. Popular and top-rated diets like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig ensure that you stay healthy while on the path to losing weight (good), while crazy fad or crash diets have you restricting calories, and nutrients, to the point of starvation (bad). But is the act of dieting good for you? Read on for the pros and cons of dieting and let us know what you think! The Good Dieting doesn’t have to mean depriving. However, overhauling your normal eating habits can be good for you, especially if you’re used to eating things that may not be so healthy. In fact, vowing to go on a diet causes you to make healthier lifestyle choices, which can be a good step in maintaining a healthy diet in the future. Then there’s the benefits of carrying on a low-calorie diet that can prolong life. Studies have found that following a restricted-calorie diet (one that slashes daily calorie intake by about a third) consistently helps people live longer and healthier lives reduced cholesterol levels, normalized blood sugar, and a better response to stress and may also slow the aging process.

Family weight talks tied to dieting, laxative use

That compared to 15 percent of mothers who talked solely about healthy eating with their overweight teens and 60 percent who discussed losing weight. Rates were similar for conversations initiated by fathers. The researchers found that dieting and unhealthy eating patterns were more common among both normal weight and overweight children of parents who focused on weight. For example, 64 percent of overweight teens whose mothers talked about weight and weight loss had used worrisome weight-control behaviors. That compared to 41 percent when family discussions were only about healthy eating and 53 percent when mothers didn’t discuss food or weight at all. Likewise, 39 percent of normal weight children whose mothers brought up weight had used unhealthy behaviors, compared to 30 percent of those with mothers who emphasized being healthy, Berge’s team reported Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. “If a child is concerned about their weight and they want to talk about their weight, you want to have an open conversation with them,” said Alison Field, who studies weight and unhealthy eating at Boston Children’s Hospital but wasn’t involved in the new research.


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