Signs You Need to Eat More to Lose Weight
Here’s why loading up your plate can help you shed pounds
Can’t get through your afternoon to-do list because you’re getting distracted dreaming about dinner? You’re probably not eating enough.
Skipping breakfast (or subsiding on a breakfast of black coffee) and starving yourself until lunch is not the key to weight loss. You definitely need to watch calories to lose weight, but psychologically, you’ll constantly feel deprived if you cut out too much.
Your brain runs on the glucose found in your blood, and the glucose in your blood comes from the carbohydrates you eat. Limit your calories and carbs too much, and your brain will become energy-starved. Feeling shaky, dizzy, or light-headed—or getting otherwise unexplainable headaches—are signs you’re not eating enough, and your blood sugar has dropped too low. Simply adding more calories and carbs to your diet should stop your head from pounding—and help the pounds come off more rapidly, too.
If the idea of a boxing class leaves you dreaming of your pillow, you may not be eating enough. When you’re not consuming enough food, you’re bound to feel tired all the time, which is a major motivation-suck.
If you’ve ever waited too long before eating dinner, you know what “hangry” means—that unpleasant combination of being so hungry you get angry. The same thing happens when you’re restricting calories too severely. In fact, acts of self-control (like adhering to a strict diet) are associated with angrier behavior. If you’re trying to lose weight, you want to limit calories just enough to slim down, not change your mood.
Limiting yourself to a tiny salad for dinner will leave you feeling empty and wanting more. But if you fill the rest of your plate with whole grains, healthy fats, and a lean protein, you’ll be far less likely to crave dessert. Plus, you’ll load up on the nutrients your body need. Portion control is not about tiny portions. It’s about eating larger portions of healthy foods and smaller portions of the less healthy stuff.