There is a very good chance you’re not eating enough!
Many of you out there are so worried about gaining weight that you are chronically under-eating. Purposely lowering your calories in an effort to lose weight is one thing- but too many people are eating far fewer calories than they actually need.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so I can’t tell you exactly how much you should be eating. But if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, there’s a good chance that you’d benefit from upping your calories, ESPECIALLY if you are active.
If you’re trying to make progress in the gym, you need to EAT. Consuming 1000 calories every day is not going to cut it if you actually want to improve (and build some muscle). Not only that, but when you are under-eating, your recovery is really going to suffer, and your body is going to need much more rest time.
If you’re constantly tired, moody, fatigued, and just downright miserable, you might not be eating enough. If you are feeling awful, I advise you reassess your goals. Is the weight loss you’re aiming for worth feeling miserable all the time? Can you increase your calories, feel better overall, and still hit your weight goals? I’m willing to bet yes.
Another likely symptom of under-eating is constantly thinking about food. If you spend your entire day dreaming about your next meal and/or fighting cravings at every turn, you should take that as a hint. Sure, I think about food a lot… I love food. But there’s a big difference between looking forward to meals and obsessing about them.
And your poops can tell you quite a lot about your health. If you have non-existent poops, you might need to eat more food to give the assist.
If you don’t know how many calories you should be eating, there are two ways to go about figuring it out: the first is to research and experiment on your own. Utilize calculators, formulas, all that fun stuff, and experiment to find the calories that best work for you. If that doesn’t sound appealing, or it’s too overwhelming for you, I highly recommend hiring a coach to figure it out!