Chronic DepressionNot only our feelings and emotions, but also what we eat has a great influence on our mood and our mental health. Numerous studies have shown that any type of diet rich in sugar, fat and processed foods is linked to being happier. In particular, those people who are depressed or stressed out tend to consume more chocolate or cakes, thinking that positive emotions from eating will make them feel happier. Therefore, according to Drew Ramsey, a leading specialist and a psychiatrist at Columbia University, eating the right foods should be considered ‘the foundation of good mental health‘.

However, there are obvious negative effects of such “diet of happiness”, because all types of diets high in sugar and fat are destructive for our waist. That is why nowadays, scientists talk more and more about chronic depression and chronic feeling of being unhappy as the most common side effect of low-fat and low-calorie diets. It is reported that on the background of increasing obesity rates,Weight Loss for the last several decades along with increasing popularity of weight-loss diets the rates of chronic depressions and being unhappy with the life have also sky rocketed!

A great deal of modern people are focusing on reducing their body mass by using a low-calorie and low-fat diet, this way opening the best way to feeling depressed, unhappy, deprived of something, or even suicidal. Remember about the importance of a proper nutrition for your brain and your good mental health, too. ‘Your brain is made of food, and the right foods are the foundation of good mental health. You can’t feel your best if you starve the brain,’ Dr. Drew Ramsey, one of the authors of the book The Happiness Diet, said to mass media.

That is why when thinking about an effective weight-loss plan, choosing a healthy low-calorie diet for yourself and making your life healthier, do not forget to take into account the mentioned issue. Keep in mind that if you are going for a strict low-calorie diet, it will affect your mood and more likely make you feel depressed, so you should be ready and protect your mental health from possible damage. As a solution, it is possible to compensate negative emotions and feelings coming from food restrictions by doing something you like, taking care about a new pet, mastering a new hobby, spending more time with friends, and so on.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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