7 Signs You Are Not Eating Enough to Lose Weight
- Possible Pat
- August 20, 2018
When trying to lose weight, there is a lot of focus on cutting calories and making sure that you don’t overeat. If you want to lose weight, then you need to eat less. But did you know that if you cut too many calories, you may stop losing weight? Sounds crazy right?
This actually happened to me when I was in the middle of losing all my weight. I was doing really well for a long time, and I was continually adjusting my diet so that I was consuming lower amounts of calories. This worked for a long time, but suddenly it started to slow, and before I knew it, I hit a plateau. I stopped losing weight, and I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t lose weight. It seemed like no matter how many calories I cut, I couldn’t lose the weight. Not only was I not losing weight, but I was beginning to feel the effects of not eating enough.
Up to this point, I lost the weight on my own. I did my own research and through trial and error, figured out what worked for me. When I stopped losing weight, and couldn’t figure out how to get out of my plateau, I reached out to a nutritionist, just like the one you’d get when you sign up for a Custom Meal Plan, and what they told me shocked me. I wasn’t eating enough.
This was a new experience for me. I was a big guy, trying to lose weight and suddenly someone is telling me I wasn’t eating enough. To say the least, I was skeptical but decided to give it a try. Nothing else I was doing was working, so I didn’t think I had much of an option. As it turns out, my nutritionist was right. Once I started to eat more, I began to lose weight again.
Why Not Eating Enough Causes a Weight Loss Plateau
When you don’t consume enough calories, you will stop losing weight. If you cut out too many calories from your diet, your metabolism begins to shut down as your body goes into starvation mode and hold onto all the fat that it can. When your body doesn’t get the fuel it needs to function, it begins to break down your muscle tissue to use as fuel, and this can impact your workouts. If you are working out to lose weight, you may begin to find it harder to complete your workouts, and as your body begins to break down your muscle, you won’t be gaining any.
Allowing yourself to be in starvation mode too long can also affect your metabolism when you begin to eat right again. As you begin to eat more, your body will hold onto what it can, and it can cause you to gain weight. Your body does this to prepare itself for another starvation. To get through this, you have to stay consistent with your calorie intake to repair your metabolism. Once your body realizes that food is no longer scarce, you will begin to lose weight again.
Thek key is to not get to the point where your body thinks it is starving in the first place. This is why it is important to not cut your calories too low. Knowing how many calories you should be eating can be easy to calculate, but over time as you continue to cut calories, you want to be sure that you don’t cut out too many. This is where getting on a Custom Meal Plan can be very helpful. It is what helped me start losing weight again.
Signs You May Not Be Eating Enough
Looking back, I realized I had many of these signs that told me I wasn’t eating enough, I just didn’t know what they mean. Check the list below and see how many signs your body is showing you. If these sound like you, then you may want to reconsider how many calories you are consuming per week.
Weight Loss Plateau
Hitting a weight loss plateau can be caused by a number of things, including eating too much and not eating enough. When you stop losing weight, it can leave you feeling frustrated and for me this one the sign that made me reach out for help. When you don’t eat enough, your body holds onto the fat in your body, burning muscle for fuel instead. This is the exact opposite of what you want to happen.
When you don’t eat enough, you will begin to feel more tired, and this could impact your motivation and want to work out as your body tries to preserve energy. You may notice that you become tired more easily, and your workouts are becoming harder to complete. Your body gets its energy from the calories it consumes, and when you don’t properly fuel your body, it doesn’t have the energy.
When you don’t eat enough, you may begin to notice that it is harder to concentrate on certain tasks. Not getting enough calories can affect your memory, ability to learn new things, and may cause impaired thinking.
When you don’t eat enough, it can cause you to become constipated as your body has less food to convert into stools. Typically, people who have fewer bowel movements per week have harder stools, which can become uncomfortable and even painful.
Menstrual Cycle Disruption
If you are a woman and your menstrual cycle suddenly becomes disrupted, or you even miss a period, you may have cut your calories too low. This could mean that you are not consuming enough nutrients and fat to trigger your menstrual cycle.
Do you get unexplainable headaches in the middle of the day? Do you feel relief after eating your next meal? Your headaches may mean you are not eating enough. When you don’t eat enough, your blood sugar drops and when this happens, it can cause painful headaches, dizziness, and make you light-headed.
When you don’t eat enough, it can make you very tired, and you would think that this means you would sleep more. Unfortunately, even though not eating enough may make you more tired, it also causes you to sleep less, and the quality of sleep you get is lacking. Your body doesn’t just use energy during the day while you’re awake. It also uses energy at night while you sleep. This is the time your body repairs itself and recuperates from the day’s activities, and to do this takes energy. When you don’t eat enough your body has less energy to do this. It can also cause restlessness and for you to wake in the middle of the night.
How to Ensure That You Are Eating Enough to Lose Weight
The best way to ensure you are taking in enough calories to still lose weight, or that you are not taking in too many calories is by getting on a Custom Meal Plan. This is what I did when I hit my plateau, and it allowed me to understand better what worked for my weight loss and what didn’t. I discovered new ways to use food to my advantage and how to better calculate what I should be eating and how much I should be eating. This is a much more detailed plan than you will find that a general “Eat this, not this” type diet because every plan is customized specifically to each individual.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.