Under-eating: A Roadblock to Weight Loss

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When it comes to weight loss, most people immediately think about cutting down on their daily calorie intake and upping their time in the gym.

And they’re right. Sort of.
Often times people don’t think about the fact that they could be preventing weight loss by not eating enough calories.

Yes, you read me right.

We can actually hinder our weight loss by not giving our body the minimum amount of calories needed for energy and burning fat at a healthy pace.

While I don’t see how I personally could ever run into the issue of not getting enough calories, it can be a problem, especially for females, if we are focusing on losing a lot of fat in a short amount of time, by eating very little.

According to livestrong.com (love this site!) our body goes into starvation mode after a week or two of getting a low amount of calories. It prepares for survival and slows down your metabolism so you burn less and store more.

Makes sense if you’re lost in the wilderness, but not so much if you just want to fit into that little black dress or your favorite pair of old jeans.

While it may be necessary for those with blocked arteries, high blood pressure, or obesity to drastically cut down on calories for the first few weeks, the majority of people looking to shed some pounds, should focus on burning fat at a healthy, steady pace over time.

Many experts believe it is best to aim to loose between 0.5 and 2 pounds a week. You can do this accurately by calculating how many calories you should be eating to lose a pound a week, and how many calories are needed to keep your body in “maintaining” mode.

To do this, go here or here to plug in your weight for a free calculation.

For example, someone who weights 150lbs, would need to eat around 1,750 calories daily for seven days, to burn 1lb. To maintain their weight, they would need to eat 2,250 calories daily.

By aiming to lose 1 pound a week, you are more likely to stick with your eating plan over a longer period of time because it is much more doable. You are not starving yourself and eating like a rabbit. Rather, it can teach to you limit your portions and choose foods that are high in protein, and lower in sugar; habits that we should always be living by.

And to make your life easier, websites such as livestrong.com, provide a free calorie tracker that allows you to type in what foods you eat while it pulls up the nutrition facts and counts how many calories you have eaten compared to your daily goal. How easy is that?

Pretty darn easy.

If you’ve been cutting down drastically on your calories, working out several days a week, and still not seeing results, you may be under eating.

Kind of annoying, but not the worst problem to have, right?

Try tracking your calories, upping the amount you eat to a healthy goal, and see how your body reacts.

You may be amazed!