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Are You Too Healthy for Your Own Good?

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When Healthy Turns Harmful

Given that so many fitness-loving women run marathons and try paleo diets for fun, it can be tricky to determine if you're just another health nut or a dangerously fixated one. "Some things to look for are guilt for not sticking to your eating regimen, turning down opportunities to socialize because they could interfere with eating healthfully, prioritizing food and exercise over your relationships or job, and thinking about your diet and workouts at times when you should be focused on something else," says Dr. Bulik. Some prime examples:

Healthy: You sleep through your alarm and don't have time to do the tempo run on your half-marathon training schedule, so you do it when you get home from work.

Obsessive: You sleep through your alarm and don't have time to do the tempo run on your half-marathon schedule, but you do it anyway, show up late for work and miss an important meeting.

Healthy: You eat a decadent dessert at a friend's birthday dinner and think, Well, at least I worked out today!

Obsessive: You eat a decadent dessert at a friend's birthday dinner and think, That's the last time I'm eating out with friends!

Healthy: You're so into your new high-protein, low-carb diet that you think about it all the way to the grocery store.

Obsessive: You're so into your new high-protein, low-carb diet that you think about it during sex.

Healthy: You have no time to cook, so you scan a takeout menu, attempting to choose something that isn't a total fat and calorie bomb.

Obsessive: You have no time to cook, so you scan a takeout menu, attempting to calculate the exact number of calories and fat grams in each option.

Healthy: You strain a quad in Spinning class, so you take a week off before getting back in the saddle.

Obsessive: You strain a quad in Spinning class, so you ice it, heat it, wrap it, pop some ibuprofen and get back in the saddle the next day.

 

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