As you go through your fat loss diet plan, you’ll know that fewer calories are a must, but if you cut your calorie intake too low, that can cause problems too. Not only are you setting yourself up for nutritional deficiencies because you’re not consuming as many nutrient-dense foods in your day, but you may also be suffering from a slow metabolic rate as a result.
The good news is, if you catch the warning signs early, you can do something about it and eat more again and see better results.
Here are five signs that may indicate that you are simply not eating enough …
1. Your energy is stagnating. While hunger is the first thing many people consider a side effect of a low calorie diet, don’t overlook how energy plays a role. If your energy seems to have plummeted, this could be a sign that you need to increase your calorie intake.
Your body requires a particular amount of fuel for daily life, and if you are eating well below what your body needs, symptoms will show.
2. Your hair is falling out. Another sign. Your hair thins day by day. Your hair requires certain vitamins and minerals to grow properly, and without them, it can start to break or, worse, fall out.
If you are experiencing hair thinning like never before, it may be time to add a few more calories to your diet.
3. Your period is inadmissible. For women, the menstrual cycle can be a significant sign of whether they are eating enough food. If your cycle has been hidden in the last month or so, you may not be eating enough calories. Not eating enough could cause your body to slow down reproduction and can set you up for long-term health problems, so you really need to do everything you can to get your cycle back on track.
4. You are irritable and anxious. If irritability and anxiety start to plague you, this could also be a sign that you’re not eating enough food, especially carbohydrates. Carbohydrates trigger the release of serotonin in the brain which helps to …
calm anxiety and
improve your mood.
When you are hungry and running out of energy, it is very common to find irritability and anxiety.
5. You are constipated. Finally, if constipation has started to set in, be aware that this could be due to a lack of food, or more specifically, a lack of dietary fiber. Constipation is frustrating and uncomfortable, but adding a few carbohydrates and grams of fiber to your diet should help you manage it better.
Keep these points in mind. Are you noticing any of these signs or symptoms? If so, consider adding a few more calories to your diet to help resolve them. Adding 10% more calories may be enough.