4 Reasons Why Extreme Dieting Cripples Your Fitness Routine
With obesity rates higher than ever, more people are desperately trying to lose weight by experimenting with fad diets and exotic eating plans. Although it is more sensible to follow a nutritious eating plan for life to successfully and safely lose weight, some people lose dangerous amounts of body weight, becoming more unhealthy rather than healthier. Because physical activity is often recommended to be followed hand-in-hand with a diet plan, a person’s fitness routine can be hindered by losing an extreme amount of weight, especially without medical supervision. These dangerous dieting mentalities may even lead to eating disordersin the future.
People who do not eat enough calories to sustain physical health often become weak and debilitated. Some are unable to perform daily functions needed for healthy living, and many are unable to handle their daily fitness schedule, as they lack the energy and motivation to do so, based on an inadequate calorie count or metabolic imbalance.
In tandem with weakness, fatigue is often a byproduct of extreme weight loss. Without enough calories to provide fuel for bodily needs, a person can feel exhausted and tired, often preferring to rest rather than exercise. If they do make it to the gym or start their daily routine, it may be cut short due to insufficient energy.
Fast or extreme weight loss often takes a toll on the brain as well as the body. Lacking enough food-based fuel to carry oxygen to the cells and organs, including the brain, a person is unable to think clearly or sustain focus. As a result, trying to make it through a regular physical workout may be undoable. Their attention might wander, or other thoughts may draw attention away from the physical activities being attempted. The person trying to exercise may become distracted or experience foggy thinking.
Following a significant weight loss, some people may no longer feel a need to exercise. They assume since they weigh less and are approaching their ideal size, exercise is optional. They fail to realize that exercise is important for people of all ages and weights, keeping the body and mind in shape for a lifetime. Even the will, or desire to exercise, may dwindle if the person gets caught up in a new self-centered lifestyle that does not include physical workouts.
Weight loss should always be carried out under a doctor’s supervision. Losing a huge amount of weight can negatively impact a fitness routine as shown above. Ask your doctor about the role of exercise when dieting.