A diet is good for you if it helps you lose weight, right? That may seem true, it but isn’t. Losing weight is not an indicator that your diet is healthy.
A diet can ruin your health and make you miserable, even when it aids weight loss. That’s because most diets ask people to eliminate entire nutrients, like carbohydrates or fats, which results in nutritional deficiencies and all sorts of health problems.
However, not all diets are bad. Lifestyle-focused diets, like a whole food, plant-based diet not only help you lose weight but have positive impacts on your overall health.
These are some telltale signs that a diet is not right for you.
1. YOU HAVE PERSISTENT DIARRHEA.
It is common for people to experience diarrhea after making dietary changes. Sometimes the diarrhea is temporary. In other cases, it persists for weeks.
Adding too much fiber to your diet too quickly or eating foods with artificial sweeteners are a couple of the dietary changes that can cause diarrhea.
If a diet is giving you diarrhea, it’s time to quit it. And do not hesitate to see your doctor if diarrhea persists.
2. YOU ARE TIRED ALL THE TIME.
Fatigue is one of the main reasons people quit diets. You may feel tired all the time, if your diet is too low in calories or lacks iron and other nutrients.
Research shows that a diet low in complex carbs can cause fatigue.
If you’re new to a plant-based diet, you may experience fatigue due to iron deficiency, if you’re not including enough iron-rich plant foods in your meals.
3. YOU HAVE INTENSE, PROLONGED CRAVINGS.
Intense cravings may be a signs that your diet lacks vitamins and minerals.
For instance, craving chocolate could suggest magnesium deficiency, according to research. A diet that lacks one of the three macronutrients - carbohydrates, fat, and protein – can also increase your cravings.
Unless you are on a sugar detox, do not stick to a diet that gives you intense cravings for a long period of time.
4. YOU GET SICK OFTEN.
A healthy diet is supposed to strengthen your immune system, not weaken it. Yet, people stick to diets that cause constant headaches, sore throats, and digestive problems, if they’re also losing weight.
It’s important to mention here that cutting back on processed carbs or increasing fiber intake can cause minor health problems that may last for a few days. But if a diet makes you sick for weeks on end, that is a clear sign that you should quit it.
5. YOU FEEL COLD ALL THE TIME.
Feeling colder than usual may be a sign that your diet lacks iodine. Iodine is vital for weight loss, since it helps regulate thyroid hormones.
Iodine deficiency has many other negative side effects, so make sure you get it from these sources.
6. YOU ARE EASILY IRRITABLE.
We tend to blame stress or lack of sleep for our irritability, but the truth is a poor diet can also cause irritability.
According to research, a diet that lacks vitamin B6 can make you more irritable. Luckily, you can get vitamin B6 from potatoes, fortified cereals, and non-citrus fruits.
7. YOU ARE AGING FAST.
The effects of a poor diet do not always show up instantly. It may take a year or more to start seeing the effects.
A diet that lacks antioxidants and vitamins A, C, D, and E can cause premature aging. If you notice that your skin is getting wrinkly fast, add more fruits, veggies, and herbs to your diet.
8. YOUR SKIN IS DRY AND ITCHY.
Low fat intake can make your skin dry and itchy. Research shows that fats increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals, which reduces the risk of nutritional deficiencies.
Consume enough skin-promoting vitamins like A, D, and E. Then increase the intake healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts and seeds.