It is obvious when we are focused on losing weight that our diet is the biggest contributor. The ultimate goal is to cut our calories and try not to exceed over a certain amount. Unfortunately, it is possible to eat too little, which will not only make it more difficult to achieve a healthy weight, but can also cause other health related issues. Eating below your body’s needs just to fit into smaller clothes or look better is a terrible idea and can lead to consequences.
Every individual has a set amount of calories, or energy, they need to survive and that number is different for every person. Consuming less food than needed can cause your metabolism to slow down and your body will start to preserve whatever it can to survive. Hunger and feeling full are good indicators that you are fueling your body but definitely not the only indicators. You may start to notice these four signs if you are not eating enough food consistently.
Our bodies are fueled by the food that we eat and if we are not eating enough, our energy levels are lower and making us feel more tired. Eating too few calories also means you are not getting enough nutrients. It is important that you get ALL of your macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) for sustained energy. Vitamins and minerals are also essential in regulating the production of energy.
If you are feeling more irritable than normal, this can be another indicator that you are not fueling your body correctly. Skimping on carbohydrates can be problematic when it comes to mood stabilization and because they are needed for energy. If you are not consuming enough carbs, your blood-sugar levels may dip too low because there is not enough sugar/glucose to use as fuel.
Your digestive tract may move food more slowly through your system when you restrict what your body needs for a long period of time, which would cause constipation. Also, not getting enough fiber, which would be a challenge if you are not eating enough, can increase the likelihood of constipation.
You’re Struggling to Lose Those Last 5 Pounds
More does not always mean better. Weight loss is usually when you run a calorie deficit but smaller deficits (250-500 calories) are mostly all you need for long-term weight loss. If you have come to a plateau and finding it difficult to lose those last 5 pounds, it is possible that you could be training too hard, eating too little or a combination of the two. Having a bigger calorie deficit at the beginning of your weight loss journey can help with quick weight loss but it can be detrimental to your health and can cause future weight regain.
Are you working on weight loss? Have you hit a plateau in your weight loss journey? Let us know how it is going for you and if you need any additional pointers.