Calories: Is under just as bad as over
When trying to maintain an 1800 calorie plan. Is it detrimental to come in under the allotment consistently even though the meals are good meals?
I have found that I have a healthy breakfast, a snack 2 to 3 hours later, 3 hrs later lunch, 2-3 hrs after that a snack and dinner at around 6PM, and consistently come in UNDER 1800 calories. I don't over portion my food, maybe I should up my portions on breakfast and lunch.
Also please if anyone has suggestions for meals on the go... I would be open to hearing them.GaryK by:
I'm no expert, but I think the side effects you list by being under nourished calorie wise happens when calories are severely restricted. Many people would say that happens when under 1200 calories are consumed. I think those side effects depend on the nutrition of those calories and how severly the calories are restricted. From the information you have given, I think being 200 under your caloric goal of 1800 should not be that detrimental. However, if you feel your body is crying out for more nutrition (you obiously by now have an idea of what those signs might be) by all means, eat more of your nutritious food.
Have a great day and good luck with your goals.
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Not enough calories can have adverse side effects...
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Your body relies on calories from food to provide energy. In fact, calories are considered a measurement for energy in your body. When you do not eat enough calories, your body begins to use energy stores in your body to power your body functions and help you feel alert. However, continuing to eat too little calories without energy stores, you may experience side effects like feeling lethargic. This is because your body cannot spare extra energy from its daily functions -- like keeping your heart beating -- to provide you energy for movement, such as exercise.
Increased Bone Breakdown
Not eating enough calories affects your body's ability to produce estrogen, a hormone necessary to maintain healthy bone levels. While both men and women have estrogen, this effect can especially affect women. If women restrict their calories to a level at which they no longer have menstrual periods, they are more likely to have lower bone density levels. This makes bones more porous and increases the risk for bone fracture. As you age, your estrogen levels will continue to drop, further increasing your risk for bone wasting diseases such as osteoporosis.
One of the most common side effects of malnutrition is iron deficiency that leads to anemia, according to Kids Health. Iron deficiency can result when you do not eat enough red meat, egg yolks, fortified flour, grains and cereals. Without enough iron in your body, you are not able to manufacture red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen and immune cells in your body, meaning their destruction can have very harmful effects. Ultimately, prolonged anemia can lead to extreme fatigue and can place extra strain on your heart, which must work harder to pump healthy blood cells through the body.
Cachexia is a condition whose symptoms include wasting of muscle and fat tissue in the body. When you do not eat enough, your body takes fat and muscle tissue to use for energy. Severe undernutrition can cause you to lose as much as half your bodyweight. In addition to physical symptoms of muscle loss, cachexia causes symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea, irritability, always feeling cold or unresponsiveness. Cachexia can lead to a shutdown in your immune system, which can increase your infection risk. Your body's systems, including your cardiac and respiratory systems, ultimately can stop working.
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