Why Under-eating Is Sabotaging Your Fat Los: Part 2
Most people who want to lose weight slash calories and deprive themselves from the foods they enjoy in all areas (protein, carbohydrates, and fats), instead of eating the calories their body needs. The problem is most people want the weight gone faster than is realistic but fat loss takes time and consistency to make it work efficiently!
Your body needs energy to survive so when the body senses extended energy restriction these are some of the reactions:
1.Decreases energy levels: When you are not eating enough calories you do not have enough energy. The neurotransmitters in your brain will signal your body to slow down and conserve your energy. The decline in energy can affect you emotionally and physically too leaving you to feel tired, fatigued, depressed, etc.
2.Obsession about food and weight: When you under-eat for any reason you start thinking more about food and your weight. The constant thinking about food and weight is a sign of undereating and can interfere with your personal life and/or work life by making it difficult to attend to other things and to set priorities.
3.Food Cravings: Food cravings are biologically driven as a result of under-eating and/or if a person is too low in weight right for them. Cravings usually include but not limited to foods rich in sugar and fat and the way some people respond is by doing other things to keep their mind off of the cravings such as smoking, drinking alcohol, exercising excessively, or even binge eating.
4.Mood Changes: Inadequate food intake can cause hypoglycemia and since the brain requires blood sugar to function properly, when it starts to get lower, one of the first cognitive processes that is affected is self-control. Self-control is important to control your attention, regulate your emotions, deal with stress, and refrain from aggressive behavior. If your mood is constantly changing and unpredictable then under-eating may be the cause.
5.Sleeping: If you are constantly under-eating and also over exercising your liver won’t have the glycogen stores it needs to keep your blood sugar stable and your body must release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to promote the process of creating new glucose. These stress hormones can actually wake you up in the middle of the night if they elevate high enough.
6.Temperature: When calories become restricted the body temperature is known to drop. The temperature can drop due to thermogenesis because your body isn’t getting enough calories to create heat and also from hormonal changes. Low insulin can also lead to low body temperature.
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Written By: Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences