Some of us choose to eat healthy in order to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, as well as to look better on the outside. But how do we know when we’ve taken a diet too far? Well, If you can relate to the following symptoms, consider reframing your mindset when it comes to your diet and focus in on health and not obsessively thinking about food.
1. Low Energy
If you’re noticing that you lack a great deal of energy, then you should evaluate whether or not you’re getting enough calories in your diet. Women generenally need 1,200-1,400 calories in a day in order to have healthy metabolic function. So if you’re lethargic, it’s very likely that you’re not getting enough calories. According to Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., a Boston-based sports nutritionist and author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, “you have no fuel, so you’re tired all the time.”
2. You’re Always Thinking About Food
If you’re constantly thinking about what you’re going to eat and ruminating on everything you ate throughout the day then you have probably become a bit obsessive. Ruminating thoughts about food just aren’t healthy, so try to relax. Talk it over with a nutritionist or therapist if your thoughts are getting in the way of your quality of life.
3. You’ve Cut Out An Entire Food Group
You can’t get rid of an entire food group, like carbs which give you energy, or foods rich in protein. This causes your mind and body to suffer and is just plain unhealthy. Make sure that you’re incorporating all of the necessary food groups in your diet to keep yourself properly fueled. Use the triangular food pyramid as reference.
4. Trouble Sleeping
Have you been tossing and turning a lot since being your new diet? This could be a sign that your lack of nutrition is causing you to get poor sleep.
5. Mood Swings
Did you know that restricting your calories really messes with chemicals in your brain? You heard that right-chemicals in your brain! This can leave you feeling anxious, depressed, and edgy. When you have mood swings, you end up craving a ton of different foods, which makes you gain the weight back anyway.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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