2. Hello, social withdrawal
A list of food rules is severely limiting, which is especially tricky in social situations. When you’re not able to go with the flow and make the best decisions you can in the moment, you may shut yourself out of situations that can make you uncomfortable, or at least you’ll have less fun when you do join in.”Anytime someone sets up black-and-white rules to their food and eating, it creates anxiety about how they’re going to stay within these boundaries,” says Carrie Gottlieb, Ph.D., a psychologist based in New York City. “You wonder ‘how do I avoid that party or restaurant meal’ in hopes that you won’t need to eat certain things.” This can tempt you to avoid social situations altogether and lead to anxiousness, which is a negative by-product of restrictive dieting. Yeah, not sustainable.