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Eating Disorders & Diets: Nobody is Immune, and Learn the 3 Tips to Overcome Them For Good

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2023

Nobody is Immune to Eating Disorders

Eating disorder is not limited to youth; millions of older Americans over the age of 50 struggle lifelong with their body image, body dissatisfaction, anxiety, yo-yo dieting, binge eating, stress induced eating, and food insecurity.
Eating disorders come in many forms, symptoms, and behaviors, which can include restriction of food intake, purging, and/or binge eating. Eating disorders can have serious physical health consequences, such as malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, and heart complications. They can also have serious emotional consequences, including depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.  
Eating disorders are a growing concern in our society, and social media has been increasingly implicated as a contributing factor. With the rise of “fitspiration” and other body-shaming content, it’s easy to see how social media can have a negative impact on young people’s body image and self-esteem.

Does Social Media influence Eating Disorders?

There is evidence that social media can contribute to disordered eating and body image issues. Studies have shown that exposure to images of impossibly thin models and celebrities, as well as “fitspiration” messages can lead to a decrease in self-esteem and an increase in unhealthy eating habits.
It’s also important to talk about how social media and diet culture can contribute to disordered eating. Social media has a huge impact on our perception of our bodies and can fuel unhealthy comparison and self-criticism, especially when everyone has unique body shapes. We need to talk about how diet culture is rooted in unrealistic beauty standards and encourages people to prioritize their physical appearance over their physical and mental health.

Many seek out diets or diet pills to control their weight.  Are prolonged, excessive, or repeated diets considered an eating disorder?

A healthy metabolism is one key to overcoming an eating disorder. If there's one thing that dieters should be aware of, it's that diets can slow your metabolism. While dieting can be a great way to lose weight, it can also have detrimental effects on your metabolism. Your metabolism is the process your body uses to break down food and turn it into energy. When your metabolism slows, it means your body isn't burning calories as efficiently as it should, which can make it harder to lose weight and even harder to keep it off.
So, how can dieting slow your metabolism? Well, there are a few different ways. One of the main ways is by eating too few calories. When you don't consume enough calories throughout the day, your body goes into a "starvation mode" and starts to conserve energy instead of burning it. This means that your body is burning fewer calories and you won't be able to lose weight as quickly as you'd like.
Diets that are too restrictive can also slow your metabolism. When you don't get enough of the nutrients your body needs, it can cause your metabolism to slow down. This is because your body isn't getting the necessary fuel it needs to maintain its normal metabolic rate, and it measures very low on the healthy eating index. When your eating pattern returns to normal, you can experience weight gain back to your original, and can have serious mental health consequences.
This cycle can continue in various modes for many years without ever seeing weight control.  And this can lead to low to moderate to severe eating disorder.  In addition, prolonged diets drain one's energy, and can lead to health conditions risk factors such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and even mental health issues such as anxiety disorder.  Extended diets, repeated diets, or periods of yo-yo dieting could be considered as disordered eating.  

Is there hope in breaking the diet cycle?

Yes!  No matter where you are at in your health journey, there are 3 steps to breaking the negative cycle of a diet or an eating disorder, no matter how big or small, and regaining the confidence in yourself, your view of food, and creating a healthy, vibrant, mentally strong version of yourself.  

Step 1. Be Compassionate with Yourself.  

Results don’t happen overnight, so it’s important to give yourself time to adjust to any new lifestyle. Don’t expect perfection, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up every now and then. Your body needs the nourishment, and healthy food is essential. Your weight does not define who you are, and when you focus on consistency and eating healthy, you will start to see a shift.   If this step cannot be fulfilled on your own, it is perfectly ok to seek out professional mental health support.  

Step 2. Eat Healthy : How does Eating Healthy affect your Physical and Mental Health

Healthy eating is an essential part of overall physical health and wellbeing, but it can also have a positive impact on our mental health. Eating the right foods can help us to feel more energized, boost our mood, and reduce stress levels. Improving our diets can also help us to stay focused and productive, while also improving our overall quality of life.
Having an eating plan with a balanced diet helps to provide essential nutrients and vitamins that promote positive mental health. Food choices with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help to regulate our hormones and neurotransmitters, which are responsible for our mood and cognitive performance. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and walnuts, have been associated with improved mental health. Protein foods help maintain lean muscle and keep the metabolism strong and energy levels up. Eating a variety of these foods in their respective food groups can help to promote good mental health.
A healthy diet can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Eating Habits with eating pattern that include eating at defined mealtimes will help you maintain portion size and avoid fast food. Creating a meal plan that includes eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods can help to reduce inflammation in the body. This can help to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, and can also help to improve our overall physical health. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can also help to reduce the effects of oxidative stress, which can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression.
Eating healthy can also help to improve our energy levels. Eating a balanced diet can help us to maintain a healthy body weight, which can help us to stay energized throughout the day. Eating plenty of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates can provide us with sustained energy, while also helping to regulate our blood sugar levels. It also helps us self regulate our portion size, because the body has the right nutrients it needs.
Finally, eating healthy can help to improve our overall quality of life. Eating a balanced diet can help our mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, while also helping to reduce stress levels. Eating healthy can also help to improve our physical health and energy levels, which can help us to stay focused and productive, and also give us a positive, healthy body image.
If you’re having a hard time giving up certain unhealthy foods, you can try making these healthy eating tips instead. For example, if you’re a fan of pizza, you can try making a healthier version at home with whole-wheat dough, low-fat cheese, and plenty of vegetables. Avoid processed and sugary foods. Processed and sugary foods can cause your metabolism to slow down. In your meal plan, stick to whole, unprocessed foods and protein foods as much as possible.

3. Rebuild your Metabolism. How Can I Get My Body Back To Where It Used To Be??

 Your metabolism is the body's engine, created from the lean muscle and body's organs to utilize the energy through food that you give it. It's important to make sure you're getting enough rest and exercising regularly to keep your metabolism from slowing down.  Healthy lean muscle and a healthy metabolism is what gives you the energy, vitality, and overall quality of life when it is maintained and even increased.
As we age, our metabolism slows down, and problems in dealing with eating problems increase. We get into the fad diet, yo-yo dieting, and mental health cycle that we can think that something is wrong with our body, when what we really need to do is properly stimulate our metabolism.
Mayo Clinic (Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier - Mayo Clinic) points out that strength training is one of the key ways to rebuild your metabolism. You not only rebuild your metabolism, but you also see a number of significant health benefits, including increased energy, release of critical hormones, and avoidance of chronic diseases that come with obesity or chronic eating disorders.
Having guidance no matter what your activity level is has been shown to be one of the safest, most effective ways to get in shape and maintain your fitness level safely.  If you need help, you can find professionals here.  
Combined with eating a proper level of protein foods, healthy eating, and proper level of strength training and aerobic exercise, you and your body can finally break the unhealthy habits of dieting and disordered eating cycle.
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