Trying To Be Perfect; Can You Be TOO Healthy?

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By: Krystle Crossman

We would all love to have the perfect body and perfect health. Is there such a thing as being too healthy though? Nothing in life is perfect. If you keep trying to achieve perfection you actually may end up hurting yourself in the end. How do you know when it is time to stop trying to make yourself even better and start loving your body for what it has become with your hard work?

There are so many different types of diet products and diet courses out there these days that it can be hard to tell which is reality and which is just a gimmick. If you tend to believe that things like green coffee beans will give you a completely flat stomach you will most likely end up in a never-ending cycle of striving for perfection. The problem is that when you see images in the media of these people that have “lost weight” or celebrities walking around looking as thin and beautiful as possible you lose sight of what a truly healthy body looks like.

Bethany Marshall, PhD, states that the type of people who are willing to miss out on fun things because they have to go to the gym or the ones who refuse to eat anything that has carbs or sugar are the ones that are more likely to have a full-blown anxiety disorder. They have some deep-rooted self-esteem issues that they don’t let others see. Everyone else thinks that they are just highly motivated but deep down this person is very self-critical and probably is not thinking positively about their appearance at all. As their anxiety grows they become even more obsessed with having the “perfect” body that no one ever truly has.

Once a person reaches this stage of full-blown anxiety their behavior becomes too healthy. They focus on only eating what they have prepared themselves, organic foods, no pesticides or GMOs. This can actually be bad for you as you may not be getting all of the nutrients that you need to stay healthy as well as ingesting things that you think are good for you when they really aren’t. When you eat a completely clean diet your body ends up craving more salt and fats which can lead to a huge binge. Those who add hours and hours of gym time on top of this strain their heart and actually take years off of their lives. It is all about finding a good balance.

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