5 Signs You Are Under Eating

Most of us are familiar with the outcome of over eating but what about the consequences of UNDER eating?! Want to lose weight? Eat less, move more, right?! WRONG! Slashing your calories in half and spending hours in the gym does NOT equal weight loss. 

A lot more harm than good comes from under fueling your body. 

Are you getting ENOUGH?! 

Here are some signs you might not be 

  1. Fatigue 

The number of calories needed for basic functions within a 24-hour period is referred to as your RMR or resting metabolic rate. For example, let’s say your RMR is 1000kcal, now lets add the amount of calories your burn with added exercise; this looks different for everyone but can be anywhere from 200-1000kcal+. 

If you are consuming under you bodies RMR for a period of time you metabolic rate will not only drop but you will not have the energy you need to get through the day.

  1. All you can think about is food, you don’t get hungry you get HANGRY

This is one of the more obvious signs that you are under consuming. Studies show that calorie restriction may cause hunger and food cravings in both moderate and overweight individuals. When you drop your calories below your body’s maintenance for too long, your body will eventually send signals to eat to avoid possible starvation 

  1. Loss of menstrual cycle/ infertility Issues

Chronic under eating can hinder a woman’s ability to become pregnant. 

When your calorie intake or body fat percentage drops too low, signals may become impaired, leading to changes in the number of hormones released.

Without the proper balance of reproductive hormones, pregnancy cannot take place. One of the first signs of this is loss on menstrual cycle for 6 months or more. 

  1. Workouts leave you sore for days, and weights feel like 10000lbs 

If you know me you know I’m all about eating the maximum amount of fuel to support maximum performance! 

Eating less do not = more weight loss…but you know what does, more muscle! 

  1. You can’t sleep, and when you do…it’s shit

No matter how much you sleep on the weekends or how much caffeine you load up on you still seem to be tired, ever look into your diet? 

Under-eating has been linked to poor quality sleep, including taking longer to fall asleep and spending less time in deep sleep.No matter how much you sleep on the weekends or how much caffeine you load up on you still seem to be tired. 

Although overeating increases the risk of developing health problems, under-eating can also be just a detrimental. 

Curious about how many calories YOU should be consuming in a day? 

Call us today to book your RMR test! 

Written By: Director of Nutrition, Madison Shaw, RDN

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