Posted June 21st, 2016 under Weight Loss

6 Reasons Why Under-Eating Is Sabotaging Your Fat Loss: Part 1

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6 Reasons Why Under-Eating Is Sabotaging Your Fat Loss: Part 1

Why Under-eating Is Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

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.Slows down thyroid production: your thyroid is responsible for fat, carbohydrate, protein metabolism. When it feels it is deprived of energy it will slow down trying to maintain energy balance. Fat metabolism slows down and holds onto fat (energy) because it reacts as if you are starving. It will only burn fat as a last resort because fats are the body’s preferred fuel source and the body wants to hold onto those fat stores until absolutely needed.

2.Decreases muscle mass: When the body is depleted from calories the body first burns usable fat for energy then it uses muscle tissues to burn because again the body thinks you are starving and since muscle requires more energy to maintain the body begins to break it down.

3.Lowers testosterone levels: Testosterone is a hormone that is affected with a calorie deficit. It is anabolic to muscle tissue.  Without Testosterone it is hard to maintain muscle and even harder to build more muscle mass. Lower testosterone levels can cause depression, lethargy, and fatigue.

4.Decreases leptin levels: Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells and is also known as the hunger hormone. This hormone basically tells you whether you are full or not. High leptin levels are associated with high fat mass and low leptin levels are associated with malnutrition and not eating the amount of energy your body needs.   When your levels become low your metabolism follows and it becomes hard to lose fat. 

5.Heart and Circulation issues: Undereating can cause the heart to weaken and lower blood pressure and pulse to dangerous levels. Also if the heart becomes weakened an arrhythmia can occur.

6.Difficulties getting pregnant: Low-calorie dieting and inadequate body fat can cause infertility and menstrual irregularity.

Check out part 2 here!

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Written By:  Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences

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