These are all things clients have told me happens to them when they do weight loss challenges.
You say no to social events as you’re worried about the calories in the food and drinks.
You stop visiting your friends and family as you’re worried you’ll lose control around the food on offer.
You find yourself obsessing over every calorie or macronutrient or you just think about food all the time.
You don’t quite drop the 9 kilos so you’d decide to reduce your calorie intake even further into starvation, putting even more stress on your body.
You feel faint or dizzy and/or struggle to concentrate, and in some cases, end up in hospital – yes this has happened to at least 2 people I’ve seen when doing an F45 challenge.
You feel more anxious than usual or feel you’re not coping with stressful situations as well you normally do.
You’re struggling with sleep or just feel tired/drained much the time.
You feel immense guilt if you eat outside of your plan or miss an exercise session.
Your muscles or body feel heavy when you exercise.
You feel terrible about yourself for not losing enough weight.
Not only is this clearly adversely affecting your mental health, but this type of dieting puts the body under physical stress, raising cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Both psychological and physical stress, have been shown to promote weight gain, and have been linked with many adverse health outcomes such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and impaired immune functioning.
If you can relate to any of the above points, I urge you to really think about whether or not the program/challenge you may be undertaking is in your best interest. If you are confused about what is safe for you to do, our dietitians are happy to have a brief chat with you about an alternative way to approach your health before making an appointment. Please contact us through the booking enquiry form.
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