While you’re eating a healthy diet this year, be sure you’re aware of some possible signs your diet is unhealthy, no matter how great it might seem. I know when you’re losing weight, you really don’t care how it comes off, but you should. Certain routes to losing weight can cause a lot of health problems that end up hurting you later. Let go of the skinny jeans obsession and learn to embrace healthy over skinny. These signs your diet is unhealthy are easy to spot, but you do have to be honest with yourself to make the right changes.
1. Your Menstrual Cycle Stopped
If your menstrual stopped, this is one of the worst signs your diet is unhealthy. If your weight loss has dropped so low that your period stops, you need to make changes ASAP! You could hurt your reproductive health, suffer terrible hormone issues, and cause a host of other problems for years to come. Most likely, you’re just under eating, which can easily be fixed by adding in more, healthy calories. You should see a doctor as soon as possible to rule out any health issues.
2. You Fear Fat
If you fear fat in your foods and religiously count and measure calories, you might be hurting yourself. Your body needs healthy fats to function. Your digestive system, hormones, metabolism, brain health, and your reproductive health all depend on fats to function. Choose the right ones, but please don’t fear them!
3. It’s Highly Processed
Diet bars, shakes, and processed foods just aren’t healthy for you and are most likely hindering your health and weight loss too. No matter what that product says, whole foods are always better for you and your weight.
4. You Mirror Inspect
If you are constantly inspecting yourself in the mirror, fearing a little bulge or bloat, your diet might be taking you to unhealthy levels. Allow your weight to do its thing the natural way, and just eat healthy. There’s no reason to worry about a little bulge and bloat here and there. Plus, your body is so much more than a mirror image. It’s made to take care of you, nourish you, and help you live a healthy life. Let it do that and quit inspecting it so much in the mirror!
5. Your Hair is Thinning or Falling out
If your hair is thinning or falling out, your diet might be to blame. Your hair is one of the best signs of how healthy your diet is. Be sure to consume enough protein, and eat thyroid boosting foods, which help your hair thrive. These are any food rich in B vitamins like oats, bananas, avocados, fish, chia seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina, and also foods high in healthy fats like coconut oil, hemp, flax, nuts, and all other seeds.
6. Your Face is Broken out
If your face is constantly broken out, your body isn’t happy with your diet. Something has to give before your skin does, hun! Eat enough healthy fats, clean protein, more vegetables, and nix the dairy, gluten, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. I bet you’ll see improvements in just a week! Your diet isn’t healthy for you if your skin isn’t. No matter what your neighbor or best friend eats, you have to eat the diet that’s right for you, and your skin will let you know what that is.
7. You Calorie Count
I’m sorry, but I don’t think we were meant to eat to count calories every meal. That’s not healthy! Food is a source of nourishment, and how can we view it as fuel when we are constantly counting away at it? I know many people use calorie counting at first to help them lose weight, but if you live by the numbers in your food, your diet has been taken to an unhealthy level. Eat whole foods and learn to eat until you’re 80% full. That’s the best way to tell if you’re really full or still hungry. This allows you to check in with your body, and learn to listen to it instead of dictating it.
Are you making any of these dieting mistakes? I hope not, but if so, just make a few changes. You’re in control of your health, so handle it with the utmost care!