Let's all be honest with ourselves—we all want to look like a million bucks no matter what . Some of the people can go to extreme diets to lose those inches around the waist and lower body that not only hamper their self confidence but also get panic attacks when socializing . Social media , photoshopped instagram models have created a pseudo image of a perfect body which is actually promoting eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
Eating stresses some people out and in order to create a false well being of a perfect body, they ignore their mental health and other important health parameters like sleep quality, periods health, skin and hair health. The most important thing is to start listening to our bodies and change the eating habits that are making us feel less than optimal. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Wellness and Fitness Expert Poonam Duneja from NutrifybyPoonam, to know about the signs that show your diet is harming you more than helping.
Signs your diet is harmful
Here are some of the ways your body may be telling you the diet is not working for you:
1. You're gassy and constipated all the time
Constant bloat and constipation is a major indicator of a bad diet. If you notice that you're constantly bloated and gassy after drinking milk or eating cheese, you might be lactose intolerant. Many people have a mild intolerance to dairy and don't even realize it, so make sure you're reading the signs your body is sending you. Don’t fall trap to trendy high protein diets and high fiber diets which are being promoted o social media without the guidance of a dietitian because as we age our stomach produces less acids and digesting heavy protein or fibers is a big task for the gut. Fiber regulates your digestive system and makes everything run smoothly, so it's important to keep have a balanced diet with foods like beans, oats, and whole grains.
2. You're always hungry and have sweet cravings
If you have trouble sticking to your diet and your sweet cravings are going up, chances are your diet is not working for you at all. You may feel like you are not disciplined enough to diet or you always end up screwing your diet in the end. If you end up bingeing or crave a chocolate or a cookie after your meal but still feel lethargic, your cells are still starving for energy, that’s why you cannot follow the diet consistently. "Binging is your body's way of responding to not getting the nutrients that you need—it's a biochemical response and signal from your brain that you're not giving it what it needs.
3. You're cutting out food groups
A healthy diet should never cut out whole food groups, unless for medical reasons (like lactose intolerance or celiac disease). Each food group is essential for providing all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and fit. Any diet that completely focuses on cutting a macronutrient completely like keto diet where carbohydrates are very limited and body utilizes only fat for energy source is wrong as it has serious side effects. Relying on excess fats as energy source might result in high cholesterol levels and high triglycerides levels which can give heart disease in long run.
4. You're Constantly Cold and have high fatigue
A low-carb diet can have a negative effect on your thyroid, which regulates your body temperature—a slow thyroid will make you constantly feel chilly Instead of ditching all carbs, make sure you're eating complex ones that come from whole grain , oats , ragi . Diet deficient in protein , iron , folate and Vitamin B12 result in high fatigue. Make sure you eat green leafy vegetables, lentils, eggs, low fat milk, chicken, nuts to get enough Vitamin B12.
5. Your skin is Breaking Out
Acne and wrinkles are two major indicators of an unbalanced diet. A diet rich in milk and dairy products and lacking in vitamin A, essential fats and protein can impact your skin. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in regulating retinoid production, and a deficiency in this crucial nutrient could also lead to dry hair and brittle nails. Consume foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes to make sure you're getting your daily intake of vitamin A.
6. Your periods are short and PMS symptoms
If your diet is high on dairy products , soya and tofu, chances are you face hormonal imbalances . If your diet also lack minerals which optimize thyroid functioning , it can result in hypothyroidism , periods can be heavy or absent and changes how pituitary gland controls the ovaries If you've been increased PMS, mood swings what you consume on a daily basis may be the reason. Absence of sufficient minerals, and/or Omega-3 fatty acids can be a reason. Make sure you consume a balanced diet.