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How to Know When You Are Not Eating Enough

By Rachel Carver

We know a calorie deficit is needed to achieve weight loss. However, it can be sometimes hard to know if you are cutting too much.

Eating too little will not only slow down your weight loss, but it can also lead to other health problems. Each person has a specific amount of calories needed to simply stay alive. Eating less than what you need can slow down your metabolism, causing your body to begin preserving what it can to survive. Hunger and feeling full are not the only indicators of whether or not your body has adequate energy to keep going.

Here are some common signs that you are not eating enough to support your body. It is always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional if you have more questions.

You Always Think About Food

Not fueling your body appropriately over a long period of time can result in obsessing over when you will have your next meal or snack. If you find yourself constantly looking at restaurant menus or watching only cooking shows instead of your normal programming, your body is trying to tell you something. During his World War II landmark Minnesota Starvation Experiment, Ancel Keys discovered that participants obsessively collected recipes and recipe books. Many participants also only thought about food most of the time. Though this is an extreme example, chronic dieting and completely eliminating certain food groups can have a similar effect on our brains.

You Feel Tired and Cranky

Have you ever told someone you need to eat because you are starting to get "hangry?" There is actually some science behind this word. Going too long without eating can drop your blood sugar. If you do not eat something to raise it, concentrating and being patient becomes more difficult. This makes you cranky, which can be remedied with food.

Not eating enough also leads to fatigue because your body does not have enough energy. Tiredness and irritability are great food signals.

You Can't Sleep

Depriving yourself of food can make you tired but unable to fall asleep. Too much food restriction can drastically affect your sleep cycle, causing you to take longer to fall asleep and to wake up more frequently during the night.

You Hit a Weight Plateau or Gain Weight

If you are on a diet and engaging in regular exercise, you might notice your scale number stay put or increase. The answer might actually be to give your body more calories. Start with a snack between meals. Make sure to focus on whole foods that include a healthy balance of carbs, fats, and proteins. Giving your body the appropriate calories will help you achieve your ideal weight.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Temple, Tex.

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