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When you don’t eat enough

Check your diet. Eating less to lose weight can cause several serious health problems.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

When do you know you are suffering from eating disorder. Not only overeating but also not eating enough is a chronic lifestyle problem that can be detrimental to your health and body.

If you’re eating too less and exercising too hard to lose weight, check whether the technique is working. You may end up with bad health and more weight.

Experts say that high-intensity exercise coupled with eating less may cause hypoglycaemia. It’s a state when blood sugar is below 70 mg/dl. Suffering from hypoglycaemia, one may feel like eating more sugary foods, junk foods and indulge in overeating too. It may result in low and high blood sugar swings that is dangerous for a person’s health.

The body temperature of people who eat very less may always remain low. Due to this, they may always feel frigid. Inadequate calorie intake can develop nutrient deficiencies, including iron, folate and vitamin B12, causing several health illnesses.

When a person doesn’t eat enough calories, his stomach empties slower and the lining of his intestinal tract can shrink. It may damage the digestive system so severely that food may not be digested properly.

If you’re not getting enough food, it can cause constipation due to the effect of under nutrition of thyroid hormone. Make sure you’re not eating too less if you’re not having a bowel movement every couple of days.

Not eating enough may cause insomnia and other sleep disorders. Increased calorie intake from carbohydrates can make you fall asleep faster and sound for long hours without any interruption.

Long-term calorie restriction may lead to hair loss. It happens due to nutritional deficiency whether that be calories, protein or both. If you want to stop hair loss, start consuming a calorically appropriate, protein rich and nutrient dense whole food diet.

Under-eating may drag you to a state of anger and irritability. When your brain receives less blood sugar, it stops functioning optimally. It may result in mood swings.

Low calorie diet and high intensity exercise may prevent a woman from getting pregnant. Few cases have shown that after switching to a high calorie diet, some of the women finally got pregnant.

A simple way to roughly estimate the lowest amount of calories a person should consume in a day is to multiply his/her ideal body weight in pounds to 10. For example, a woman of height 5’5” should weigh 125 pounds ideally. So, she should consume at least 1250 calories per day. Caloric restrictions for longer periods may cause malnutrition. If you’re following an exercise schedule and low-calorie diet to lose weight, you should not lose more than two pounds a week. If you’re losing more than that, it’s alarming!