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Diet It is not always synonymous with being healthy. Although it is true that the term refers to a healthy lifestyle and conduct, over time it has been distorted, even associating it with practices that threaten people’s health.

Precisely to remind us of the risks that some exaggerated diets entail, the World No Diet Day, which is celebrated on May 6 of each year. The origin of this celebration dates back to 1992, when the British feminist Mary Evans Young decided to fight against the companies responsible for promoting the consumption of diet products.

With regard to the date, we list some of the main benefits of always eating a balanced diet, instead of going on a diet:

Improves mood

It’s no accident that when you’re on a strict diet your mood changes, often for the worse. As Dr. José Luis Sambeat, an expert doctor in the diagnosis and treatment of obesity, explains to the Women Today portal, restrictive and low-calorie diets lower your spirits. Added to that is the anxiety of not knowing when the diet will end.

Increases motivation

One of the big problems faced by people who do diet it is demotivation, due to undergoing very strict diets and not seeing the desired results in the short term. When instead of doing diet Choosing the right foods, combining them wisely and eating the right portions increases your motivation, because you manage to lose weight without having to completely give up what you like.

no rebound effect

Diets, especially those that allow you to lose weight quickly, often have a rebound effect. 95% of people who undergo one regain their weight or even gain more than they already had. Why does this effect occur? Due to three very important factors: loss of muscle mass, decrease in the synthesis of thyroid hormones, incurring excesses of carbohydrates and fats after diet.

healthier hair

A dietary regimen that lacks essential elements such as protein, iron, zinc, or vitamins B and D can lead to nutritional deficiencies and consequently affect hair growth and appearance. “In strict diets, what can happen is that three or four months after starting it there is a sudden and alarming hair loss, which can be maintained over time if the cause that has produced it is not corrected, in this case the diet and the lack of certain foods and vitamins and minerals”, explains the dermatologist Cristina Serrano for a publication in Webconsultas.

Improves brain function

The brain can consume about 350 calories in 24 hours. When people restrict calories, which is what happens with most diet plans feeding to lose weight, they also do so with the energy necessary for the optimal functioning of the brain and the body in general.

Protects cardiovascular health

Diets that are based on eating meat, eggs and other high-protein foods, which do not include foods rich in carbohydrates, tend to be risky for people with heart disease. This, because they cause loss of bone mass, kidney damage, fatigue and dizziness, in addition to promoting dehydration and increased cholesterol and triglycerides.

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What to consider

It is important to clarify that dieting is not bad, as long as you choose one that meets the specific needs of our body. A correct diet in a slimming plan must be personalized and be under the prescription and supervision of the professional specialist. “It is the one that meets the requirements of being balanced, varied and moderate and that makes it possible to maintain an optimal state of health, providing less energy than we spend,” explains the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN) in a statement .

What diets should you stay away from? of those that promise to lose weight quickly, known as miracle diets. These, according to Dr. Juan Madrid Conesa, a specialist in endocrinology, are characterized by harming physical and psychological health since, after doing them, you gain weight again, which leaves a great feeling of failure and frustration. The doctor points out that a healthy weight loss implies losing a maximum of three or four kilos a month.

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