Four Signs That You’re Eating Too Little to Lose Weight

Four Signs That You’re Eating Too Little to Lose Weight

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So you want to lose weight. We get it. We do. Summer is right around the corner which means outside excursions, pictures, pictures, and more pictures. We’re talking #beachSeason, #sunsOutGunsOut, and of course, #sunsOutBunsOut!! You want to look good in your tank tops, shorts, and bikinis. Who wants to miss out on all the fun? Nobody. That’s who. But you’ve noticed that you’ve put on a few pounds (or more) over the winter. And now you’re feeling part motivated and part (mostly) anxious. And you’ve researched through the endless annals of the internet, and learned that weight loss is determined by one little pesky formula:

weight loss = energy in < energy out

If this formula seems overly simple, it’s because it is. However, in the most general of terms, it’s accurate. In other words, if you consume less calories (food and beverage) then you expend on a daily basis, you’ll lose weight. Reading further into this, you see that the degree of that weight loss is largely determined by your activity level, and the amount of the calorie deficit.

You’ve then contemplated how to use this new information. Still thinking about summertime, sunsets, and swimsuits. Now… please share this article if the following thought has crossed your mind:

“If I can lose weight by eating fewer calories than I use each day, then I can
probably lose a lot more weight if I eat a lot fewer calories each day.” 🤔

There is a big problem with this line of thinking. In fact, you’ve just defined the framework for a starvation diet. You see, our bodies need a minimum amount of calories in order to perform all of its complex functions. Insufficient daily energy (calories) leads to a host of complications including malnutrition, lethargy, lost mental acuity, moodiness, muscle atrophy, and more.

It’s recommended that the average person consume between 25-30 calories per kg of body-weight. Therefore, if you weigh 180 lbs., you’re daily caloric needs are between 2,045 calories(180/2.2) * 25 = 2,045 and 2455 calories(180/2.2) * 30 = 2455. You’d target the lower end of the range for weight loss, and the higher end for maintenance.

MyFitnessPal lists the four following signs that you may be eating too little:

  1. You’re tired
  2. You’re cranky
  3. You’re constipated
  4. You can’t lose those last 5 pounds

And as mentioned previously, some common side effects of starvation diets are lack of energy, and mood swings. And if you’re not eating enough food, there is a high likelihood that you’re not consuming enough dietary fiber, and that will interrupt your digestive system. The last point about reaching a plateau is debatable. But our bodies do need adequate supplies of varied nutrients in order to make all systems function as designed. And our metabolic system is not exempt.

For help with adopting a sustainable diet for weight loss, talk to a reputable personal trainer, and perhaps a nutritionist. Or find a stellar trainer who’s also a specialist in weight loss and fitness nutrition.

Feel free to leave feedback in the comments.

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s pretty cut and dry, right? Cut as many calories from your diet as possible. Unfortunately, it’s possible to eat too little, which not only makes it harder for you to achieve a healthy weight, but can also cause other health problems. The first thing you should ask yourself is, “Why do I want to lose weight?” This seems simple. It’s usually to fit into smaller clothes or to look better. But these reasons can cause you to make decisions that aren’t necessarily in your best health interest. Eating below your needs is just

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