Diet over the Edge

How to recognize when your diet has gone too far.

Losing weight is no easy task. In fact, if you’re going to lose weight, you have to be exceptionally dedicated, not allowing anything to get in your way. However, your desire to trim up can occasionally come at a price. Sometimes your dieting can become so extreme that your body becomes deprived of the basic vitamins and minerals necessary for functioning during daily life.

Want to keep a tight reign on your diet and make sure it’s not going too far? Make sure you don’t experience these signs and symptoms of a diet gone wrong.

Mood Swings

Even when you’re not dieting, if you don’t eat, you probably get a little agitated. It’s normal, as not getting enough of the right foods will put anyone in a bad mood. In the event you’re undergoing an intense diet that robs you of the stuff you need to keep going strong, you’ll wind up with regular mood swings that can be rather severe.

Lack of Energy

As you probably know, your energy level is directly proportionate to the amount of energy-filled foods you consume. Stop eating fruits, vegetables, and protein-rich lean meats without substituting these foods for other items and your energy level will plummet.

Half and Half. An amazing 50 percent of all American women are on a diet at any given time.

Muscle Loss

At the same time your energy level drops, so will the amount of muscle in your body. While a low- or no-carbohydrate diet will probably result in some weight loss, it comes at a cost. In order to maintain muscle, your body needs a certain amount of carbs, and robbing your body of all carbohydrate intake prevents your body from being able to maintain muscle.

Urinary Tract or Kidney Infections

Crash diets come in all kinds of forms. While many of the consequences of a crash diet can be overcome fairly quickly, crash diets that are maintained for a long period of time can put stress on your kidneys. The end result could be multiple infections in the urinary tract or kidneys.

Constipation

Nearly every diet encourages you to eat less of something. Some simply reduce your overall intake, while others focus on a specific type of food. Unfortunately, if you cut out fiber or other elements that are essential to good digestive health, you’ll wind up with constipation or other complications of an unbalanced diet.

Frequent Illness

Cut back severely on the foods you eat and your body won’t have access to vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your immune system strong. When your immune system is compromised, you put yourself at a much greater risk for illnesses ranging from the common cold to the flu to pneumonia and beyond. But dietary deficiencies don’t just result in physical ailments. They can also result in depression and other mental health issues.

If you experience any of these symptoms, consult a physician or dietitian immediately. Be open about your concerns and be willing to make changes necessary. Since your dangerous dieting may be tied to other issues, you may require more than simple dietary changes. But by using the same determination that helps you say “No” to unhealthy foods, you can beat other underlying issues.

Trust Your Friends

If you’re dieting on your own, you may find yourself being questioned on a regular basis. “Come on, one little bite won’t hurt.” “Are you sure you don’t want some?” Often, these questions are asked by family and friends who are impressed by your will power and are interested in testing it.

However, if your loved ones begin to express concern about your diet, you should pay attention. If their questions begin to call into question whether you’re eating enough to maintain your good health or if they are constantly talking about how skinny you are, your diet may have gone overboard. Speak with your physician or a dietitian to get it back on track.

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Eat Less, Feel Fuller

What can you do to slim down your ever-growing waistline?

DietNothing drives people crazier than trying to lose weight. Television commercials, radio shows, and advertisements in the newspaper and your favorite magazine make it seem that losing weight is as easy as picking a fad diet out of the air. But if you’ve ever tried losing weight by eating only cabbage or swallowing everything you can in an hour, you probably realize that those diets only last for so long.

If you want to obtain and maintain a healthy weight, you’re going to have to figure out how to eat less. Sound impossible? Prepare to do the impossible in three easy steps!

Step 1: Determine if You Need to Lose Weight

Believe it or not, you may not need to lose weight. Each year, countless Americans take on the world of dieting without consulting anyone or anything except a mirror. However, the mirror doesn’t always tell the truth. And neither does the media, which insists that excessively skinny is the norm.

Before getting on a diet, ask your physician if you are at a healthy weight. If your weight isn’t a problem but you don’t feel confident with your body, you may need to change your exercise routine. Work with a personal trainer to formulate a regiment that will help you meet your personal goals – whether they involve weight loss, body toning, or both. If your health would benefit from losing weight, you should learn to eat less.

Step 2: Take Your Time at the Table

A common mistake made by many people is to eat everything on their plate. Doing this may indicate good manners, but it results in bad eating habits and a larger-than-desired belly. Fortunately, this problem is easily remedied. All you have to do is slow down.

Instead of shoving bite after bite of food into your mouth, take a deep breath and relax during mealtime. After each bite, set your fork down, chew, and swallow. Before taking another bite, say something to a family member or friend who is eating with you. By slowing down your eating process, you allow your brain time to figure out your stomach is full. Otherwise, you may end up eating for up to 15 minutes after your stomach is filled to capacity. Yes, that’s why you occasionally feel uncomfortably stuffed beyond your limits.

Step 3: Force Yourself to Eat Less

If slowing down your eating isn’t enough to help you eat less food, your best weapon is self-control. Determine how much food you are going to eat, put it on your plate, and don’t go back for seconds. When first starting to reduce the amount you eat, cut back your eating by two or three bites. Keep reducing the amount you eat by a bite or two until you find a healthy amount that leaves you feeling content and not hurting due to excessive fullness.

Gradually, as you learn to eat less, your stomach will shrink and will have less room for food. As a result, you feel fuller faster and won’t feel the need to eat the final bites of your meal just because it happens to be on your plate.

Staying Balanced

Often, people who are trying to lose weight cut something out of their diet. From carbohydrates to proteins to milk products, diets are available that promise great results if you’ll just give up one food product.

Before you go with the food flow, give thought to your body’s nutritional needs. Carbohydrates, fats, and practically everything else present in food is actually needed for your body to function properly. When you deprive your body of one or more of these essentials, your body is unable to perform at its peak. As a result, you feel weak and tired and have a hard time concentrating.

Instead of cutting a single nutrient out of your diet, reduce the total amount of food you eat on a daily basis, and include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Doing this will help you maintain a healthy weight and feel much better than any of the deprivation diets on the market.

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Exercise and Stress

Can’t have one and the other!

Like some of your favorite cartoon heroes and villains, stress and exercise are archenemies, battling to take control of your mental health. When one is present, the other is likely not in the picture. Ready to do battle with the stress in your life? You’ve got to exercise.

A Strong Connection

From a young age, you have known that exercise does the body good. But now research has shown that it also does the mind good, and that exercise is particularly good at reducing stress. It does this by increasing your body’s production of endorphins. Known for making you feel good, endorphins are essential to happiness and a life devoid of excessive worrying.

As such, exercise has an uncanny ability to change your mood from gloom and doom to optimism and hope. A quick jog through the park or a game of basketball both require you to focus on something beyond those things currently causing you to stress out. Once you’re finished with your workout, you are able to see the stressors for what they are – small things that need to be taken care of, one thing at a time. With this new mindset, stress washes away and makes room for productivity and positivity.

Give your stress wings and let it fly away.- Carin Hartness

Your Responsibility

Now that you know exercise can kill your stress, you have a lot of work to do. That’s right – it’s up to you to get exercise. It may seem an easy task to get to the gym, but you probably know by now that it’s harder than you think. And it can be particularly difficult if you’re being bombarded with stress around every corner.

The problem is that stress often makes you want to avoid the gym. After all, you’ve barely got time to get everything done on your to-do list, so how could you possibly squeeze a spin class into your routine? By forcing yourself, that’s how. Because if you allow stress to win the battle, you’ll never overcome the overwhelming feelings that are brought on by those nagging stressors. Getting to the gym may seem like a trial, but the perks of feeling better instantly and getting improved perspective on what is important will help more than you can imagine.

And remember – any kind of exercise is better than none. Know you won’t be able to spend an hour at the gym after work? Take 15 minutes during lunch for a walk. It may seem like a small step – which it is, but it will reap big benefits for your mental health.

Beyond the Gym

Unfortunately, exercise alone isn’t always going to help your stress melt away and never return. Sometimes, it takes a little more effort to fend off the stresses of daily life. If you find yourself unable to relax and lose your stress with exercise, it may be time to take some other steps for maximum stress reduction. Other ways to reduce the stress in your life include the following:

  • eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • spending quality time with family and friends
  • talking with a medical professional, such as a psychologist
  • going to social gatherings when given the opportunity
  • taking a warm bath
  • practicing special breathing techniques

Regardless of what extra steps it takes to overcome your stress, don’t give up on exercise. It may not fight your stress all on its own, but keeping up a regular exercise regiment works wonders on your stress, helping it stay under control and making it possible for other stress-relieving methods to work their magic.

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The Game On! Diet Challenge Is On, Are You Ready?

Our next Game On! Diet Challenge will run from August. 2nd- August. 30th.
There is no extra fee to participate but you must be enrolled in camp.

This will be a great opportunity for you to shed some extra fat before the end of summer.

We’re putting teams together now so don’t wait.



The Game On! Diet turns the process of getting

mentally and physically fit into a fun, fierce, wildly
competitive GAME that brings people together and gets results.

And now it’s YOUR turn to PLAY!!

We had a great coaching call with the authors of the book and they answered A LOT of our questions about how the game is played.

Click on the “Authors on Air” widget above to hear the interview and
get motivated!

We earn points by:

  1. Exercising at least 20 minutes a day
  2. Sleeping 7 hours a night
  3. Drinking 3 liters of water a day
  4. Dropping one unhealthy habit
  5. Starting one healthy habit
  6. Communicating with your team members every day
  7. Eating 5 small balanced meals a day
We get one day off a week and one meal off a week, so it’s not about total deprivation
It’s about earning points for yourself and your team and kicking the other team’s butt!!!
I highly recommend that you plan out your meals for the week and shop ahead of time to ensure you can keep to the plan and the schedule.
Click on the Amazon link below to search inside the book.

The Game On! Diet: Kick Your Friend’s Butt While Shrinking Your Own

At the end, not only will the winning team receive a handsome reward, but you’ll feel thinner and healthier than ever!