Diets are ever-evolving, much like fashion trends. While one nutrition plan gets celebrity endorsements and generates a lot of attention one day, another emerging meal plan will be touted as the “ultimate diet” the next.
Many diets are reasonable as they are backed by doctors and scientific data. The new plan that is making the rounds online, however, is in fact quite dangerous, and shouldn’t even be called a diet at all. It is called the Sleeping Beauty diet.
This new plan seems to have been born and grown popular online, particularly among women that strive for the goal of being very thin, sometimes to the point of anorexia.
The concept of the Sleeping Beauty diet is that women should sleep more in order to avoid eating and ultimately shed the extra pounds. To reach that goal, women resort to sedative medications so that they sleep for 10 consecutive hours every single night. The longer sleeping sessions are also complemented by exercising and very strict food restrictions, which will obviously enhance the results, a piece from a British newspaper states.
In fact, this diet plan is considered to be an eating disorder by most doctors and professional nutritionists, as is the abuse of prescription drugs for the purpose of avoiding meals. This is especially true for women who choose to go to sleep mid-afternoon in order to avoid dinner, for instance.
It may seem okay to take a sleeping pill in order to avoid insomnia-fueled binge sessions, but that is in fact not the case. In reality, specialists advise patients who suffer from insomnia and tend to eat while awake at night to treat both conditions and their underlying causes, instead of taking sleeping pills to hide and stop the symptoms.
As a matter of fact, sedatives should be seldom prescribed, and they should only serve as a temporary fix, as they disrupt the rhythm of the users’ lives and can present severe side effects. Cognitive behavioral therapy is recognized as a better and more effective treatment course.
In spite of their misguided attempt at regulating their sleep cycles and meal times, women are somewhat correct about the influence sleep has on one’s appetite. Sleepless nights usually lead to strong cravings and binge-eating, according to research. In effect, that means that sleeping well should help curb cravings – as long as one doesn’t tire themselves on purpose or oversleep on a regular basis, that is.