This is always a tricky subject to talk about especially with clients who are worried about eating too many calories and restrict their intake. Often people think this is the best method to lose weight and change shape but in contrary it is totally stopping you from making the changes you want. Yes to a certain degree you need to create a calorie deficit but all to often too fewer calories are consumed which really can effect your metabolism and make you hold on to fat. See the body is like a furnace you need to fuel it for it to burn bright and generate heat much like your metabolism. Think of food as the fuel which is the body’s energy supply to increase your metabolic rate. More fuel basically means you will burn more calories throughout the day. However there is a variable on this depending if you are a man or a women, this is all due to muscle mass which generally men have more of. If you are a women ideally do not drop below 1200 calories a day otherwise your body will hold on to fat and go into a survival mode.

There are certain signs you need to look out for that indicate your not eating enough also. If you are beginning to see these signs listed below your simply not eating enough.

You think about food all the time

Can’t get through your afternoon to-do list because you’re getting distracted dreaming about dinner? You’re probably not eating enough. Reaching for healthy snacks between meals can help to increase your daily caloric intake and keep you focused on things other than food.

You’re cutting out meals or all your snacks

Skipping breakfast and starving yourself until lunch is not the key to weight loss. You definitely need to watch calories to lose weight, but psychologically you’ll constantly feel deprived if you cut out too much, which means your simply going to overeat later to compensate.

You’re not getting your period

If you’re losing weight at a healthy pace, you shouldn’t notice major changes in your cycle. However, if you’re not consuming enough calories, it can cause your period to become irregular. It may even stop it from coming altogether because the body doesn’t have enough fat to produce the sex hormones that trigger the menstrual cycle.

You get horrible headaches

Your brain runs on the glucose found in your blood, and the glucose in your blood comes from the carbohydrates you eat. Limit your calories and carbs too much, and your brain will become energy-starved. Feeling shaky, dizzy, or light-headed—or getting otherwise headaches can be signs you’re not eating enough, and your blood sugar has dropped too low. Simply adding more calories and carbs to your diet should stop your head from pounding—and help the pounds come off more rapidly, too.

The thought of working out makes you want to take a nap

If the idea of a an exercise class leaves you dreaming of your pillow, you may not be eating enough. When you’re not consuming enough energy, you’re bound to feel tired all the time, which is a major motivation issue.

You’re super irritable

If you’ve ever waited too long before eating dinner, you know what “hangry” means—that unpleasant combination of being so hungry you get angry. The same thing happens when you’re restricting calories too severely. If you’re trying to lose weight, you want to limit calories just enough to slim down, not change your mood

Meals leave you totally unsatisfied

Limiting yourself to a tiny salad for dinner will leave you feeling empty and wanting more. But if you fill the rest of your plate with whole grains, healthy fats, and a lean protein, you’ll be far less likely to crave dessert. Plus, you’ll load up on the nutrients your body needs. Portion control is not about tiny portions.

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