While many people are obsessed about their weight or eating too much, it is necessary to be aware of what happens to you healthwise if you do not know the effects of not eating enough. It is actually dangerous to under eat, as there are so many side effects of not eating enough that can be encountered when you starve your body of nutrition. Conditions of anorexia, bulimia, low carb, low calorie, high protein or low fat weight loss programs can deprive the body of essential nutrients for keeping you energetic and healthy.
The majority of weight loss programs limit the calories for daily eating. The average usual calorie count for women is 1500 and for men 2000, however, there are some diets that reduce these amounts to 1000 or even as low as 800. Sure, you may see the weight falling off you in the short term but in the long term this could result with your becoming malnourished. This is applicable especially to those crash diets that suggest you only eat grapes, grapefruit or cabbage to lose weight in a hurry. It does make sense to keep your calories up to the required amount. Then if you should indulge in feeling frustrated with dieting and have an eating binge on the odd occasion, you are less likely to gain any extra weight.
If you eat less than 1200 calories per day you won’t lose fat as your body thinking that you are starving it begins storing fat causing your metabolism to begin to slow down, especially if you are an active person. This can even cause the condition of muscle atrophy as the body starts to eat muscle to survive which can be very damaging to your health.
What happens through lack of nutrients
When you are not getting enough nutrients to keep you healthy, you may suffer from malnutrition which in turn can lead to respiratory infections, kidney failure, and heart attacks. Or else you suffer neuromuscular functioning as through the malnutrition your body receives insufficient vitamins and minerals. This can even lead to paralysis.
Another effects of not eating enough is hypotension (low blood pressure) which is caused by a low body temperature through malnutrition and being dehydrated which can result with heart problems. And when your blood sugar is too low through not eating enough, the result is hypoglycemia which in turn may cause liver or kidney damage.
Another problem that can occur through not eating enough iron in your diet is that you become anemic. Anemia can leave you feeling very tired, have heart palpitations or cause breathing problems and make you prone to catching infections. You could even run the risk of bone mass reduction known as osteoporosis as you are not eating sufficient vitamins and minerals to keep your bones in a healthy condition.
Overall when you do not eat enough food you are exposing yourself to many things going wrong with your body as the effects of not eating enough. Discuss your weight problem with your doctor for working out a proper eating plan in order to lose weight properly.