Establishing and maintaining a healthy weight is one of life’s greatest struggles. There are many lifestyle situations and scenarios that can cause someone to not be eating enough food, whether by choice or through any other situation. Not eating enough can actually be very disadvantageous for your health. Eating enough food for you personally, helps to establish healthy nutritional levels and energy levels, as well as having a positive effect on your mental health. Not getting enough food intake in your daily life could be the root for any health problems. Below is a list of signs that you are not eating enough food for your lifestyle or level of activity.
1 – Being constantly hungry:
This might seem like an obvious one, so that’s why it sits at the top of the list. If you are feeling constantly hungry, one of the reasons for this is that your body is actually hungry. Diets that focus on calorie restriction can be the reason for this. Restricting calories can deplete the body of the vital vitamins and nutrients that it needs. Studies have found that diets that focus on restricting calories tend to decrease the levels of the hormones leptin and IGF-1 within the body. These hormones make you feel less hungry. Also, when you do eat you will tend to eat more, as your body will be in starvation mode.
2 – Decrease in energy levels:
If you are not getting enough food, you are highly likely to feel tired a lot of the time. Not getting enough calories, commonly less than 1000, will decrease your metabolic rate. This is due to the fact that 1000 calories is the amount of food that will give you enough energy for your simple daily tasks and functions. Without this simply taking the stairs, walking or house cleaning will tire you easily.
3 – Issues with sleep:
If you tend to fall asleep feeling hungry and waking up in the same state, you are more than likely not eating enough. Not eating enough food has been linked to sleep issues, much like that of over-eating. Both affect the amount of deep sleep that we can achieve and also cause interruptions in our sleep. Studies have also found that restrictive diets and lack of eating has been linked to trouble with falling asleep, poor sleep quality and low, irritable moods.
4 – Unpredictable moods:
If you have been feeling like you are unable to control your moods and are inding that outbursts are even shocking yourself, it could be because you are under-eating. Being irritable, angry or low (“hangry”) due to hunger is very common. This is due to a drop in blood sugar levels. Sugar levels help the brain in its basic functionality, so this drop can have a serious affect on mood swings and self-control.
5 – Constipation:
Finding going to the toilet difficult? It could be because you are not consuming enough food to create enough waste within the body to go properly. Constipation from under-eating could also be due to undernutrition within the thyroid hormone. Not getting enough food can lead to a condition called Hypothyroidism, with constipation being a common symptom of this. Keep note of your bowel movements to make sure that your gut is healthy and hasn’t been affected by your eating habits.
6 – Hair loss:
Hair loss or thinning hair is a solid marker that you are not eating enough. This is due to nutritional deficiencies, including that of protein and calories. Hair loss has a lot to do with a lack of whole foods and nutrients. Along with constipation, it is also a common symptom of hypothyroidism. Hair loss is a great indication of a lacking diet, if it is thinning radically or falling out, it may be linked to under eating.
7 – Feeling cold often:
If you often feel cold, not eating enough food could be the reason for this. Food restriction has been proven to lower the core temperature of the body, meaning that you will feel the cold a lot more then someone who is consuming a healthy amount of food a day. The body requires a certain amount of food a day for the core to sit comfortably at a normal temperature. People who are restricting calories will also have a decreased level of the T3 hormone. This hormone is instrumental in helping to upholding the bodies temperature.
8 – Feeling dizzy or light-headed:
Feeling dizzy or light-headed can be a sure sign that you are not eating enough. This is because your blood-sugar levels plummet when you are under eating, and this will often result in feeling faint or dizzy. It is one of the first signs that will arise if you are not eating enough, so take note to avoid the many other negative effects of under eating.
9 – Increased feeling of thirst:
Do you feel thirsty even after making sure that your hydration levels are up to par? This could be a big sign that you are hungry and haven’t consumed enough in your day. This is due to the fact that in many foods you are gaining electrolytes that have an affect on thirst. These are magnesium, potassium and sodium. It is important to first make sure your hunger is not thirst by always maintaining a healthy level of hydration.
10 – Amenorrhea:
This is the technical name for a woman missing her period. While there are many reasons a woman may miss her period, hypothyroidism is also a common reason that this may occur. Being underweight or by strictly dieting you can also affect your ovulation system, making the workings of it almost stop all together, through abnormal reactions from your hormones. If you are missing your period regularly, take a look at how much and what you are eating and increase and make changes where possible to get your body and its hormones back on track for ultimate health and wellbeing.