Our whole lives we have been told that in order to lose weight, we must eat less, but did you know that if you don’t eat enough, it could be just as bad as eating too much?
Here are a few signs you could be under-eating:
- Your weight won’t budge: This can be super frustrating since you’ve put in the hard work of eating less and working out more. Not getting enough nutrients can cause extreme hormonal chaos, specifically with the hormone Cortisol. Too much cortisol can cause your body to think it’s starving and hold on to every spec of fat it can get. This results in you retaining or even gaining belly fat.
- Mood Swings Galore: Ever heard of the slang term hangry? It’s a not a real word, but there are real scientific studies that show your mood goes hand-in-hand with your food intake. The hungrier you are, the more irritable you become.
- Insomnia: Under-eating has been known to deter sleep. This is probably due unstable blood sugar. Low blood sugar can also cause weakness, the shakes, anxiety, confusion, and dizziness.
- Always Cold: Your body needs a certain amount of calories to heat itself. If you’re restricting calories too much, your body temperature can drop.
- Chronic Constipation: Not eating enough food means there’s not as much digested waste to expel. Malnutrition can take a toll on your thyroid, which will cause constipation as well.
- Hair Loss: Malnutrition messes with your hormones, which can result in losing hair by the handful.
If you fit a few or all of the signs above, you need to take a look at your diet and add calories into your daily food intake. Stay tuned to more FlexPro Blogs to find out how much you should be eating.