5 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough

angry african womanWhether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your weight, there’s a lot of gray area surrounding whether you’re consuming enough calories. Consuming less calories is a part of weight loss, but skipping meals can do your body more harm than good.

“Eating regularly throughout the day keeps your metabolism running at full speed, prevents dips in your energy, keeps you alert and focused, and [can help keep] your weight steady by preventing overeating at later meals,” Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.N., founder of the New York-based BZ Nutrition, told SELF.

Are you getting enough calories throughout the day? Here are signs you’re not eating enough:

1. Your weight loss has plateaued.

After a little success, you may begin to wane on portion control, thinking a little cut here and a little cut there will give you an edge up on reaching your goal quicker. What we often forget is that not eating enough messes with hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and those of the thyroid, in turn, slowing your metabolism.

2. You feel weak and irritable.

In the absence of healthy carbs, muscles are unable to store the nutrients that are necessary to fuel high-performance fibers. Your body will then begin to consume your glycogen stores, which rob you body of fuel. In other words, this is why you’ve been feeling weak, sluggish and irritable.

Have you ever been hangry? According to a 2014 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers showed that married couples were increasingly aggressive towards one another when their blood sugar levels were low.