When people talk about divorce, they often focus on the financial aspects. Often overlooked are the emotional effects – the guilt, stress, anger, depression, or shame - all of which have the ability to significantly impact your life. In fact, recent studies have found that health can decline after divorce. Furthermore, there are experts who are starting to speak out about the physical effects of divorce. One of the most recent phenomena to be discussed is known as the “divorce diet.”
What is the Divorce Diet?
While some divorcees gain weight after divorce, either because they are eating poorly or simply not exercising, others start to inexplicably lose weight in the days and weeks after divorce. It is not an intentional loss, and it is not something that they are always consciously aware of, but those that experience it are often suffering from the effects of what is being dubbed the “divorce diet.”
Essentially, the divorcee is so caught up in the process of the divorce, or so significantly stressed, that they either forget to eat or find they cannot eat because of nausea or a strange but sudden lack of distaste for food. It is somewhat different for everyone, really, but the end result is usually the same: they lose a significant amount of weight at an alarming rate.
Why the Divorce Diet is a Bad Thing
In society today, there is a common misconception that all weight loss is a good thing. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Weight loss brought on by health problems, or due to malnutrition, can be extremely dangerous. It can also have long-lasting effects on the body’s metabolism, and may even damage the heart or other organs, if allowed to go on for too long. This is what makes the divorce diet such a bad thing. Of course, since most divorcees are not intentionally trying to lose weight or skip meals, it can make avoiding the weight loss a little difficult.
Experts suggest drinking nutritional shakes, switching to full fat milk, and focusing on nutrient content of anything you do eat, rather than calories. Though you will have to eventually switch back to your normal diet, this can help to increase your nutrient and calorie intake while eating is difficult. You should also ensure that you are exercising to further protect your heart and body from any other possible negative health effects of divorce. Even a walk is better than nothing at all.
Our Naperville Divorce Attorneys Will Help Smooth the Divorce Process
When you are going through a divorce, you need an advocate who understands all the ways that it impacts your life. You deserve an attorney that is compassionate, and that will work hard to make the process easier for you. This is exactly the kind of representation that we are known for at Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C. We advocate for you and manage the legal aspects of your divorce so that you can focus on the rest. To learn more, call 630-665-7676 and schedule a consultation with our Naperville divorce lawyers today.