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In the past few years, a sedentary lifestyle has become the root cause of many non-communicable diseases. So, when it comes to health and fitness, there is a noticeable jump in people trying to follow and maintain a healthy diet. And hence, due to this sudden rise in interest, several health gurus are now preaching their healthy lifestyle, and influencing people to follow their lead. However, we should all realize that over-exercising or following fad diets isn’t the way to lose weight.
The internet is filled with a variety of information. Often, it confuses people as to what is right and what’s not, in terms of losing weight in a healthy way. The so-called online facts may or may not be useful. For instance, exercising a lot on a daily basis while having a calorie deficit or practices like pasts or starvation are not gaining popularity.
The answer is both yes and no. But do they make you fitter? Definitely not. Let’s break them down one by one:
While the term is sufficient to answer, over-exercising is bad for your health. Being a beast and exhausting your muscles is not always a cool thing to do. At least, not in the long term. Doing so can harm your heart and arteries, and can cause many complications to your heart and brain.
Exercising for five hours a week or participating in 2-3 hours of high endurance physical activities every week is sufficient for an average adult to live a healthy lifestyle. Excessive workouts can have more risks than benefits as they can result in impaired immunity, exposing the human body to the risk of getting infections and illnesses.
In women especially, there is a risk of suffering from ‘female athlete triad’, which is characterized by loss of menstruation, osteoporosis or bone mineral loss, and eating disorders. Caused due to over-exercising and eating restrictions, this can cause major complications for any female.
Dieting and the rise in the trend of following different kinds of diets have led many people to practice starvation and undernourishment. Starvation is when your calorie intake is far less than what your body actually needs. Leaving your body in a large calorie deficit is not a great solution to weight loss and makes you even weaker.
Side effects of purposely starving yourself and not eating enough can have a direct impact on the brain and other key organs for a healthy lifestyle. Some of its side effects are:
To say the least, over-exercising and starvation might give you some drastic results in the beginning of your attempt to beat obesity, but in the long term, these practices can harm your health in more ways than you can imagine. For a more sustainable and healthy weight loss journey, one should take expert counselling and follow a healthy diet plan, which suits your body and needs.