The harmfulness of traditional diets
After the holidays and before the summer, diets are all the rage. Are they dangerous for your health? How to get out of your eating disorders?
Jean-Philippe Zermati is a nutritionist. In his Paris office, he receives more and more children and teenagers suffering from overweight. "This problem of weight is not only related to the level of social class.There is also a link with the degree of restrictions imposed by parents. "
1) How are fad diets dangerous?
Diets are aimed at an audience who are totally panicked about growing up. People often desperate, ready to do anything to relieve the pain of not being part of the club of thin which symbolize the will, the social success, the strength of character. Desperation leads to everything, especially to quick and dramatic solutions, with immediate results over long-term results. These are "easy" techniques, focused on food, and avoid answering more delicate questions. Why am I no longer able to eat according to my hunger? What emotions do they eat for me? Why can not I assume myself as I am? Etc ... Diets offer easy-to-follow external rules, at the expense of internal benchmarks (food sensations). In a diet without reference, they put back a certain "order", but contribute very effectively to the definitive erasure of these landmarks.It is easier to question oneself about one's food than on oneself.
2) What alternatives to conventional diets?
95% of all diets, even the most balanced diets, lead to weight gain and often exceed the starting weight. Good food that makes you lose weight and you have to eat, bad foods that make you fat and you have to avoid It is better to try to eat all the food by relying on your food sensations. to stop whatever the food when the hunger is not there.It is true that the emotions often lead to take refuge in the food.In particular, the fear, the fear to grow.It leads to establish a circle vicious, I'm scared => I eat, I eat => I'm scared.
3) How to reconnect with your real food needs?
To regain one's food sensations, one must first detach oneself from all the a priori concerning the slimming or magnifying virtues of food. It is important to consume food, only to know if you are hungry, and if you are satisfied.For that, I recommend eating as slowly as possible, focusing on one's meal. Then you have to ask very simple questions: before eating, am I hungry or want to eat? While eating: do I still have fun? It can be seen that over this consumption, the taste pleasure is decreasing. The moment it disappears corresponds to satiety, for this particular dish.
"Do I have pleasure of taste?" does not mean "is this food good?" If you eat your favorite cake at a time when you have no hunger or want to eat, you will not experience much pleasure. It will be enough to wait two or three hours, hunger return to reappear this pleasure. In the meantime, the cake will not have changed, it will have always been so good, you've changed. Hunger has produced the pleasure of taste.
Food sensations determine for us the level of our calorie intake. We do not have to undertake the slightest calculations ourselves. We have in our brain a computer that takes care of this work and that it is precisely to make it work again. By eating according to one's food sensations, one reaches one's balance weight, that which nature has endowed us with. There is more than hope that it suits us!
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