If you are trying to lose weight you need to eat less, right? But is there such a thing as eating too little?
Below are three signs you are not eating enough and should increase your calorie intake.
This is the number one sign of eating too little. If you are too tired to work, workout or have a social life, you are eating far too little. A diet should never be viewed as a temporary thing. ‘When I start eating more again, I’ll feel better…’ should never come out of your mouth. Extreme dieting sets you up for cycles of extreme weight gain and weight loss. This is no way to live. Eat enough so you can thrive in your day-to-day life.
When you eat less, your digestive system slows down because it is not being used as often. When it takes food more time to pass through your system, you will become constipated with all of that food inside of you for so long. This should never happen. If you are capable of slowing down your digestive track, you are eating far too little. Another potential reason you feel constipated on a low calorie diet is the lack of fiber consumed each day. Consume enough calories to maintain proper functioning and eat enough fiber to have regular trips to the bathroom.
You can’t lose those last 5 pounds
To lose weight you need to be in a calorie deficit, but there is such a thing as too much of a deficit. If you drop your calorie intake drastically, your body will go into starvation mode. As an attempt to conserve energy, your body will burn fewer calories while at rest. Your body does a lot more than you even realize. On average, you may burn 1,400 calories a day without moving a muscle… but not when your body thinks it is starving. So if you can’t seem to lose those extra five pounds, there is a strong chance you no longer burn the base amount of calories you did before dieting. This means to lose weight you need to drop your calories even lower. But don’t! This is not only a short-term problem, but can also have long term negative effects to your metabolism. Make small cuts to your calorie intake (250-500) for better results. If you are currently struggling to lose weight on a low calorie diet, pause the weight loss journey and fix your metabolism first (it will help long term).