Are you eating enough?

Interesting question, right? You'd think most people in this country eat too much because of how many people are overweight or obese. But actually, a LOT of people under eat, and that can cause weight gain. It happened to me. In the picture on the left, my hormones were a mess, I was not eating very many calories, maybe 800-1000 a day, and I was at my heaviest weight. Now, at the beginning of 2021, my calories are up, my hormones are balanced, my metabolism is revved up, and I'm leaner than I have been in a long time. I feel really good!

But how do you KNOW if you aren't eating enough? I was the queen of not eating enough for may years. My body was surviving on 700-800 calories a day for a very long time. Some of the symptoms I had were:

- loss of period

- fatigue

- low muscle mass (I was "skinny fat")

- digestive issues

- constant headaches

- weight gain

- food cravings

When you don't eat enough for an extended period of time, your metabolism slows down, which makes it harder to lose weight. You can only drop your calories so low before your body starts to have issues. Basically, your body doesn't know when it's next meal is, so when you do eat, it stores most of it as body fat instead of using it as fuel and burning it off. Your internal organs might also start to have issues, you might lose your hair, or your skin and nails get dry and brittle.

It can be SO scary to start eating more. I get it! I was TERRIFIED. This is what helped me:

- I got a coach for support and who helped me do reverse diet (slowly increase calories) the right way, with foods that might body digested well so I didn't have digestive issues.

- I increased my training intensity which in turn helped my metabolism fire up so I was hungry again! Some coaches say not to do this, but it's what worked for me. The only way I was hungry again was to train harder. But then I had to make sure I was eating enough for the amount I was working out.

- intermittent fast- this helped my digestive system get back on track so I could eat more without feeling bloated or constipated. It also helped balance my hormones out!

- increase slowly- listen to your body. Don't force feed. My body told me when it was time to increase because I was SO hungry all of a sudden.

- eat consistently- aim to eat the same times every day so your body get used to it and can start to digest regularly. You should be going to the bathroom often :) That is a sign your digestion is running properly and your body is using food as fuel.

It's true, you do have to eat to lose weight. It's about finding the right amount for your body to function properly and still lose. I've been consistently losing body fat since I increased my food. Some people go through a phase where they gain some. Everyone is different. But you cannot continue to eat so little that your body doesn't function right anymore. Trust me, it's not fun having to reset your metabolism after you've completely lost your appetite. You don't have to do it alone. I've been through it so I can help you. If you need help, shoot me an email and we'll chat :)

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