Top Signs of Not Eating Enough Calories
By Lana Bandoim
Most people focus on counting calories because they are eating too much or want to lose weight. However, it is possible you are not eating enough during the day. There are multiple health problems to consider if you are not getting enough calories from meals. Pay attention to the following signs and adjust calories accordingly, but remember: You want to eat good calories, not empty calories (i.e., chips, soda).
One of the biggest signs that you are not getting enough calories is low energy. From feeling tired at work to not being able to do anything on the weekend, the lack of energy can make it hard to enjoy life. The calories from food provide fuel for the body. A diet that restricts calories too much can create fatigue after the smallest task.
Anger and Irritation
When the body does not get enough food, the brain also starves. This can affect your mood and increase irritability. Constant hunger makes people angry and moody. Their focus shifts from completing daily tasks to thinking about food. They may even dream about pastries or candy instead of working. In addition, small things can set them off and make them have an outburst. The way a coworker types or the way a phone rings can irritate them.
It is normal to lose some hair every day. However, clumps of hair should not be falling out in the morning. Hair loss is another sign of not consuming enough calories. The scalp and hair follicles need the right nutrition to be healthy.
The body burns calories to maintain a constant temperature. When people do not eat enough calories during the day, it is more difficult for them to stay warm. They may even feel cold during the summer. Wrapping their bodies in blankets and scarves may not be enough. Studies show that severely restricting calories affects the T3 thyroid hormone. This hormone helps regulate body temperature.
Hunger and Loss of Control
Hunger is a constant problem for people who restrict calories and reduce them to dangerous levels. They feel hungry all the time and cannot stop thinking about food. In addition, they may occasionally lose control and overeat. This can result in unhealthy yo-yo diets. Moreover, they may feel guilty or ashamed about the loss of control.
Pay attention to the number of calories consumed during the day. It is important to eat enough, so the body has the necessary fuel to keep going.
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