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Should You Cut Calories? 3 Signs You Should Reassess

By Genevieve Cunningham

Counting calories can be such a chore. Most people don’t really enjoy the process of counting calories. It’s daunting, especially in the beginning. And it just seems to point out all of the things that you can't have. Unfortunately, counting calories is also necessary in many instances. In order to be as healthy as possible, it’s important to consume and burn just the right amount. But how do you know if you’re on target with your daily total? If you’re unsure about your total caloric intake, take a look at these signs that your diet needs an adjustment and a new plan of action.

You’re Gaining Weight

This is an obvious sign, right? Unless you're trying to gain on purpose, this can be really frustrating. If you’re gaining weight when you're attempting to lose, it might be time to cut back on the calories. Though not always, this is often an indicator that you’re consuming more calories than you’re burning. Try to determine your average burn throughout the day, and then adjust your caloric intake to stay consistently below that number.

You’re Light-Headed

Sometimes we cut our calories too much, and when that happens, you may experience headaches or feel light-headed. If this is happening to you on a regular basis, take a look at your calories in versus calories out. Are you consuming enough to keep you properly fueled? If not, add a few (healthy) calories into your daily menu. Once you do this, you may experience the good side effects (weight loss!) without the bad (light-headedness).

You’re Bloated

Feeling bloated could be happening for a number of reasons. You may be drinking too much soda. You may be eating bloat-inducing foods. Or you may have your caloric intake wrong. If you’re constantly bloated, take a look at both your daily total and your specific food list. Make adjustments where necessary and you may be able to beat the bloat.

Calorie intake can take some time to figure out. Everyone’s body is different. Everyone responds differently. Everyone has different goals. If these signs are present in your life, it might be a good idea to reassess your needs. With some experimentation and patience, you’ll find the magic number and drop the weight for good.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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