You may want to lose weight and be able to fit into those pair of jeans that you bought a while back. But crash dieting and not giving your body the amount of food it needs daily will not help you achieve your goal. If any of these signs seem to ring a bell, it’s time you change your diet plan and increase your calorie intake.
You frequently get headaches
When you limit your calorie intake, your brain is starved of energy and therefore you feel dizzy, light-headed, or get other unexplainable headaches.
Even after eight hours of sound sleep, you have trouble getting out of bed
Not meeting your body’s basic calorie needs will make it tough to drag yourself through your daily activities.
All it takes you is a minute to go from happy to sad
Limiting your calorie intake often results in frequent mood swings, including hunger-induced anger.
You’re often constipated
It usually happens because you’re not consuming enough fibre to aid bowel movements. This, over time, leads to dehydration, leaving you constipated.
You are losing hair unreasonably fast
Since you are depriving your body of nutrients, proteins, and calories, you will experience hair fall.
You’re experiencing a lack of libido
Chronic under-eating often causes a hormonal imbalance, leading to a quick drop in your sex drive.
Your menstrual cycle is as unpredictable as the weather
Restricting calories can often take a toll on your hormone levels, often resulting in irregular periods.
You’re plagued by depression
Under-eating often results in low blood sugar levels, which, in turn, directly affects your emotions, making you feel anxious and depressed.
You always feel cold
Your body temperature goes down when you restrict your calorie intake, making you feel cold all the time.
You’re still not able to shed those extra kilos
Since your body has now switched to ‘starvation mode’, it’ll cling on to every calorie you consume, thereby slowing down your metabolic rate.