If you’ve ever taken a basic economics class, you’ve no doub heard of supply and demand, right?
The Law of Supply and Demand is the theory explaining the interaction between the supply of a resource and the demand for that resource, or the effect the availability of a particular product and the desire (or need) for that product has on price.
I’ve always thought that this law also sounds a bit like the act of restrictive eating and crash dieting.
SUPPLY AND DEMAND DIETING?
Now, think about supply and demand regarding your struggles with food and eating.
When you supply yourself with food (aka feed yourself), demand for it goes down. And when you restrict food, the need for it goes way up.
In other words, when you limit the amount of food (crash diets) and your physical demand for it will increase. While if you give yourself the amount of food it needs then your physical demand for it will decrease.
With a success rate of less than 5%, crash diets do not work.
Supply and demand dieting is just another way to support the belief that crash dieting, especially extremely restrictive eating, doesn’t work long term.
I would know. Believe me. I’ve starved, cleansed, no carbed, low carbed, all carbed — and the only thing that got me on the road to real recovery was to change my relationship (and behaviours) with food.
And through the recovery and education process I discovered what truly does work is eating and moving in ways that make you healthy and happy.
So, the next time you want to embark on ‘just one more’ crash diet, think about the law of supply and demand.
And don’t do it.
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