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6 Things I Wish I Had Known About Diets Before I Went on a Diet

Dangers of diets

In today’s society, it seems like everywhere you look there’s another fad diet. Some seem downright ridiculous, while others seem like they may be more legit. At some point, most of us have been on a diet before.

In fact, some 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, spending a staggering $33 billion on weight loss products. 2 out of 5 Americans right now are currently dieting, and diet pills are being taken around the world. In Brazil, Russia and Mexico, diet pill sales have increased with 20-30% of people reportedly taking them.

In China, 37% of people report having taken weight loss pills. These can be extremely dangerous and even deadly, especially because the manufacturers are not regulated. 

So next time you think about trying a new weigh loss fad, buying diet pills or restricting your food intake, take a look at these 6 things I wish I had known about dieting before I ever went on a diet:

1. Diets cause weight gain.

Numerous peer-reviewed publications have shown that food restriction not only causes increased amounts of stress hormones, but is actually directly related to weight gain! Sure, the participants in these studies may have lost pounds initially, but in the long-run they consistently gained up to 20% more than they had lost.

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Bulimia teeth problems

Bulimia leads to teeth problems. I learnt first hand from my wife. She suffered a host of teeth problems due to her bulimia

When you purge by self induced vomiting powerful hydrochloric acid from your stomach washes over your teeth causing the protective layer of enamel to wear away. This happens because your mouth, gums and teeth have no real way to defend against contact with stomach acid.

How long do I have to have bulimia before it will affect my teeth?

How quickly damage occurs will totally vary from person to person and you should bear in mind that It can often be difficult to notice tooth damage and enamel loss at first.

Once the protective enamel has been eroded you are left vulnerable to tooth damage and decay as only a soft layer called dentil remains.

You could experience devastating effects and damage to all parts of your mouth and a lot of pain as a result.

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How bulimia destroyed my teeth: A step-by-step timeline

Many people who suffer from bulimia nervosa are often concerned about their teeth.

I am not one for scare tactics; but it’s true, from first hand experience, bulimia can wreck your teeth and your health.

I want to share my nightmare I went through regarding how bulimia damage my teeth. I am not trying to imply that the extent of damage I detail here will happen to you. I simply want to highlight the potential threat acid erosion can have on your health and teeth.

My bulimic teeth nightmare started pretty early and I am still having work done now to to the horrendous amount of work done to undo the damage caused by acid erosion

So here it is, my bulimic teeth dental history:

I have tried my best to be as accurate as I can. I have drawn up a timeline to show the extent of the damage and I have included a diagram at the top to show what teeth I am talking about. I have also included the cost of the treatment.

So lets get into the nitty, gritty details:

1995 – Age 13

I have perfectly straight white teeth and often get lovely comments on how nice they are. Not for long! I have already developed an abscess and need immediate root canal treatment for my front tooth. This was after purging several times over a few months. Acid erosion from occasional purge episodes was enough to cause damage.

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Bulimia and GERD - What you can do to reduce symptoms now!

In this article we take a look at the relationship between bulimia and GERD and look at how recovery can drastically reduce unpleasant and sometimes debilitating GERD symptoms.

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Bulimia and cancer - what you need to know

In this article we take a look at the most current research into bulimia and cancer while also discussing the important of not trying to "scare yourself into recovery."

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Bulimia and Amenorrhea - Why it's not always about weight

In this article we discuss why bulimics who are not underweight can still experience amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle).

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Dangers of laxative abuse

In this article we take a look at the dangers associated with laxative abuse and also explore "the laxative myth."

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Bulimia Face Changes

Why does bulimia cause face swelling? What can you do about it? and more importantly how long will it take for your "bulimia face" to get back to normal once you start recovery?

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Bulimia teeth damage: What you need to know and how to stop it

Everything you need to know about the effects of bulimia on teeth - including some not so nice images of teeth with enamel loss and decay due to bulimia...

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Vitamin Deficiency Symptoms

This article explores the various vitamin deficiencys that people with bulimia may experience. As the ultimate aim of recovery will always be to get the nutrients you need from the food you eat we've put together some useful information on foods that contain each of the essential vitamins too!

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Bulimia and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

When you suffer with bulimia you can often find yourself overcome with anxiety about the possible health implications and long term damage that it can cause - this can be especially worrying if your dealing with bulimia and pregnancy...

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Laxatives and diuretics

In this section we discuss laxative abuse.

Please note: If you have a problem with abusing laxatives then please visit your GP, continual laxative abuse can stop your bowel functioning properly and can lead to permanent damage!

This section is to give you a clearer understanding about the function of laxatives. Many people who abuse laxatives do not realize laxatives do NOT help weight loss, the only thing they do is 'help you visit the toilet more often'!

 

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How bulimia leads to malnutrition and what you can do about it

Bulimia really does play havoc with your body and can often cause a whole range of vitamin deficiencies. In this article explore the relationship between poor nutrition and bulimia, discussing it's impact on the physical and psychological symptoms of bulimia...

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Electrolyte imbalance and bulimia

Electrolyte imbalances can cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from muscle weakness, general feelings of weakness and tiredness, constipation, cloudy thinking, and then in severe cases kidney damage, brain damage and cardiac arrhythmias that can result in sudden death.

There is a real risk of developing a life threatening electrolyte imbalance for anyone with bulimia!

The electrolyte system is very sensitive and the slightest drop in its level of vital minerals can lead to an imbalance.

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