New Years is a time of renewal. Not only does this day mark the start of a new year, 2019, it also marks the start of many diets and lifestyle changes. So many of us focus on making drastic changes to our health during this time of year. What many fail to consider is wether these drastic changes are sustainable and what effects they can have on our health.
Like with any diet, sustainability is key. Beginning a crash di
et that eliminates a large variety of foods can prove to be futile for many individuals. The reason why these diets fails is because individuals are unable to stick to them. Furthermore, any weight lost during the often short duration of these diets is often gained back once they resume easting normally.
In addition to having a high rate of failure, crash diets can also be damaging to your overall health. Removing different types of foods from your diet can result in vitamin deficiencies, robbing the body of what it needs to sustain itself. Furthermore, partaking in crash diets may prove to be incredibly damaging to your metabolism, slowing it down.
SGLA’s Dr. Jason Cohen understands the pressure many feel in order to get healthy, “we feel pressure from our families, friends, and also from ourselves. We believe that dieting will help us insure that our bodies are healthy, staving off the rick of disease.”
Dr. Cohen notes that, “obesity has been shown to be a factor in individual’s risk of cancer. That said, the best way to stave off obesity is not through crash dieting.”
What he recommends is that, “instead of focusing on weight, individuals should focus on lifestyle. They should make it their goal this New Years to exercise more, and eat more whole foods.”
Dr. Cohen adds that, “the best way to ensure you are healthy is to catch disease early. This means attending routine doctor visits and stacking illness head on.”
He also notes that more exercise and consumption of whole, unprocessed foods, can reduce risk of obesity, which in turn can reduce the risk of obesity related cancer.
2019 is the start to a new year, and can be the start of a new healthier lifestyle if you make sure that your choices are sustainable.