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Risks Of Fad Diets And How They Lead To Depression

Aug 2, 2008
All of the propaganda about the magnificent benefits that can be obtained from fad diets are confirmed to be 100% false. Fad diets have been around for approximately fifty years; it should be no surprise that they are proven to be ineffective and often leave you feeling ill-omened and depressed. Not all of the fad diet drawbacks are physical; in fact the most important adverse effect of fad dieting is that it leads to depression and affect your emotional well-being. Please pay attention to this article very closely. Constantly switching from the Atkins to the Cabbage Soup Diet and then to The Zone Diet can actually cause you an immense amount of emotional trauma and discomfort which can inescapably leave you searching for your depression cure.

It's factual that everyone wants to look their best either to impress the opposite sex or to improve their self-esteem. These so called 'miracle diets' don't allow you to lose weight adequately, and commonly people struggle to stick to their harsh dieting guidelines. What are the risks of fad diets? Physically, they can lead to heart attacks, fatigue, irritability, muscle loss, fainting, etc. Along with depleting your body of essential vitamins and minerals, they also carry many emotional burdens which can leave an elongated effect on your emotional health.

Depression Can Devastate Your Life

What are the risks of fad diets, emotionally? Anxiety and depression are the two main concerns that fad diets negate involving your emotional well-being. Anxiety (also called solicitude) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components. These four components combine to form the painful feeling that are acknowledged as anger, fear, apprehension, and worrying (which evolves into depression.)
So how do fad diets cause you to search for the cure to your depression, untimely? One prime example I can think of is that fad diets are like drugs and alcohol. Please don't tune me out; I will discuss how they are similar.

In the beginning, everything seems to be going great, your day seems to be enlightened, daily task become less hectic, and you appear to be more tranquil. After awhile, one day you notice you are struggling to pay your bills and find yourself on welfare and fighting with depression. Upon, realizing that your quality of life has diminished, you start searching for the cure to your depression.

The same thing happens with fad diets; initially you lose weight and become enlighten with your success. You may be apt to tell your friends and family members about your recent success. That's how these fad diets catch on and inflate overnight. Soon after that you quit following their unforgiving dieting guidelines and gain all the weight back, leaving you with a hopeless feeling of depression in the pit of your stomach.

Desperate to lose the weight again, you decide to try a new fad diet, like the South Beach Diet which offers a series of phases that your body goes through in order to lose weight. Unlike your last dieting plan this one now appeals to you in the sense that it's incorporated with the 'maintenance phase', which allows you to keep off the additional weight. This provides you with false hope which eventually turns your mind into a constant warp that will depress you after many failed attempts.

Tactics Used By Fad Diets

Upon falling victim to these harsh fad diets, you realize that unfortunately they were the primary source to your new found depression and sent you seeking the cure for your depression. Whether the fad diets seems to attack high carbohydrates, essentially fatty acids, or a particular food group you need to realize that they pose serious health side effects. With these side effects the most important one is that they affect your emotional health and depress you in the end.
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John Hubert is researcher on ways of How To Cure Your Depression. He also recommends the article on What are the risks of fad diets.
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