With the obesity epidemic haunting our world, it’s hard to maintain a healthy weight and overall nutrition. However, high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and high risks of CVD aren’t the only problems in our society. While many people struggle with the overconsumption of food, others struggle with not receiving enough nutrients.
Insider shared these symptoms of not eating enough calories:
Being under a lot of pressure, stress, obsessing over body image, consuming too many “empty calories,” or simply not having food available are all causes of these 10 symptoms.
1. You constantly feel like you have low energy
A calorie, as you learned in various Physics, Biology, and Chemistry courses in high school or college, is a basic unit of energy.
Just like a car doesn’t function if it doesn’t have gasoline, if we don’t fuel our bodies with the energy we need, we will be fatigued and worn out.
2. You feel cold all the time
A study showed that calorie restriction causes a decrease in T3 thyroid, a hormone that helps maintain healthy body temperature. Therefore, as you restrict your calorie intake, your body temperature will decrease, making you feel cold all the time.
3. You are constipated
If experiencing blockage because of not eating enough is the case for you, it might be one of the symptoms of not eating enough calories. Filling up your plate with whole grains and fruits and vegetables, which are full of fiber, as well as healthy fats and proteins, will help you increase your bowel movements and relieve your situation.
4. You’re irritable
Hangry. Ever heard of such a thing?
It’s no surprise that when you don’t eat, your body craves energy from the glucose it isn’t receiving.
Your blood glucose levels drop, and your brain sends signals to your body to release hormones. One of these hormones is adrenaline, the same hormone we use in “fight or flight” scenarios, leading us to snap at certain situations and appear “hangry.”
5. You have trouble concentrating
As mentioned before, if your body doesn’t obtain the glucose it needs, you may experience impaired thinking, learning, and memorising.
6. You are constantly hungry and have cravings
Ever had those days when you find yourself craving certain foods throughout the day even though you’ve eaten a decent meal?
Most of the time, this happens because you’ve eaten foods with empty calories such as starchy carbs. This can also occur if you decided to skip breakfast or lunch—by the time you get to dinner you eat a huge meal to compensate your under-eating.
7. You have trouble sleeping and are tired all day
While not sleeping enough has been linked to overeating throughout the day, not eating enough is also linked to sleep deprivation.
Exercise, good sleep, and eating right make for optimal health, but, hey, I know how impossible committing to all three tasks and juggling work, school or university is. Still, I do know sleep is incredibly important, especially when you’re trying to keep your grades up. An easy way to make sure you get a good night sleep is by nourishing your body with the right foods.
8. You experience certain vitamin deficiencies
Vitamin deficiencies are incredibly common among students all over the world. Having a vitamin deficiency is pretty annoying—you sit there as the doctor tells you which vitamin you’re deficient in and think, “You mean I could’ve avoided this by eating?”
But it’s far more complicated than that—there are so many vitamins that, as students or hard workers, we don’t have the time or energy to think about it.
9. You have headaches frequently
That ongoing migraine that haunts you day and night may be one of the symptoms of not eating enough calories. Going through a long time without eating, eating high-sugar foods and putting yourself under a strict diet regime can all cause hypoglycemic headaches or migraines. The same happens when you experience dehydration, lack of sleep, or caffeine withdrawals.
10. You feel anxious
Similarly, a drop in blood glucose levels in your body can cause a certain degree of anxiety.
If you submit your body to constant, recurring strict dieting or meal-skipping, the anxiety can worsen as well as cause unnecessary moodiness and stress.
Read the original article by Insider here.
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