In winter season, people get fatter more than any other season. The reason is simple: winter is time for being inside and people tend to eat more doing activities like watching TV. Due to gloomy weather, it gets delightful to eat hot food and soup. Since it gets colder outside, we need extra calories to stay warm. The result is that they end up gaining weight. In winter, it doesn’t seem to be a problem since the layers of clothes hide the extra weight, belly and curves. But as the summer season comes, same weight starts to bother them since it gets harder to hide weight behind the layer of clothes.
To lose the extra weight, people tend to go crash diet. Crash diet is a method to lose weight in which the calorie intake is reduced drastically. It may help them lose weight in short term but in the long term, it creates more harm than benefits. Even if they lose weight in for a short time, they gain weight rapidly once they resume eating normally. Their body tends to store more fat sensing that they may go on another crash diet. Crash diet can lead to long term poor health.
There are various nutritional compromises of a crash diet.
- Body metabolism depend upon nutrients that they breakdown in order to produce energy. Since crash diet limits the supply of nutrients, it slows down the body metabolism.
- In a crash diet, major food groups like carbohydrates are excluded for faster weight loss. But this results in a lack of balanced diet. This lowers the body immunity and make it susceptible to diseases. It also results in a lack of energy for doing daily work since carbohydrates is the source of energy for body.
- Since crash diet increases the intake of proteins, it increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and blockage of blood arteries.
- Crash diet also affects psychologically. It makes people feel tired and lazy. They will feel drowsiness during day times due to lack of nutrients.
So nutrients are important for body’s well being. Instead of a crash diet, it’s advisable to go on a balanced healthy diet. A balanced healthy diet means eating the right amount of food from all range of foods that include all five major food groups- carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
There are numerous benefits of a balanced healthy diet.
- It gives energy to carry out the daily routine. Our body is like a vehicle and balanced diet is its fuel. You can’t drive a vehicle without fuel. Similarly, you can’t make the most out of your day without keeping your body fueled with right amount of nutrients.
- It keeps the immune system working healthy. Even minimal deficiencies in certain nutrients can impair immune system function, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc, Iron, etc.
- It helps in controlling the weight. Eating a balanced diet reduces the craving for instant fast foods which make you fat.