Cutting calories may result in nutrient deficiencies, increased hunger, decreased energy, and constipation.
If you've spent time online researching the best way to gain muscle or get in shape, you've most likely come across the "bulking and cutting" method. Bulking entails eating more calories than your maintenance calories, while cutting entails eating fewer calories than your maintenance calories. When we say we are on a weight loss diet, we are referring to the cutting diet, which reduces our calorie intake. But did you know there is a method for reducing the number of calories in your diet? However, many people immediately cut calories from their diet, which can have a negative impact on their bodies.
Let us first define a calorie and what happens to your body when you drastically reduce your calorie intake.
A calorie is an energy unit. In layman's terms, calories refer to the energy people consume from food and drinks. Calories are necessary for the human body to help with daily tasks and other internal bodily functions. However, calorie consumption varies according to age, gender, goal, and daily activity. Maintenance calories are the base; a person is recommended to consume at least their maintenance if they want to live a healthy life, going up and down than the maintenance depends on individual preference.
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Cutting too many calories to lose weight can backfire by causing hormonal changes. You may also end up moving your body less because of low energy and feelings of fatigue when you don't eat enough to support activity. When this happens, you may end up burning fewer calories than usual during the day, causing your calorie deficit to shrink or even disappear, slowing or halting weight loss.
This leads to a few other changes that frequently go unnoticed.
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This is one of the most common symptoms in people who follow a low-calorie diet. If you have been eating 3,000 calories daily and suddenly reduce your calorie intake to 1,500, your body experiences a shock. So, even if you eat enough fibre and protein, you will still be hungry because your body is not habituated to this low-calorie intake. It is best to reduce your calories gradually, such as by 200 calories per week.
Each food has its own share of benefits, and when you limit yourself to a certain number of calories and stop eating enough, your body does not get enough nutrients. However, you begin to experience frequent injuries and bodily pains, which is your body's way of indicating that certain vitamins and minerals are deficient in your body. The best option is to reduce the food quantity rather than cut it down.
When we reduce our calorie intake, the first thing we eliminate from our diet is carbs and fibre. Carbs are in charge of providing your body with quick energy and also taking care of your bowel movements. Following extreme diets frequently result in chronic constipation. So, instead of cutting carbs from your diet, consume them around your workout; this will not hinder your progress and will also help you lose weight.
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