The Importance of Eating Enough, Even on a Health Journey

Someone came in a couple of days ago, and they were fatigued, irritable, a little snappy, and felt lousy. They couldn't figure it out and thought they were sick or coming down with something. They didn't perform poorly when tested. We discussed this for a while after testing because their results didn't show anything that would have explained how they felt.

I asked about what they were consuming, which was a really excellent macro set and food selection for the individual. We ultimately figured out the problem when we started going over what they ate and when they ate it. They were not eating enough even though they were taking their vitamins and eating the required macro set.

Eating fewer calories than you need on occasion is fine, but doing so on a regular basis is not. Fasting, which I advocate, and consuming too few calories are not synonymous. That changes how your body processes things. This person also requires a modest carb load, therefore eating too little carbs can result in symptoms comparable to low blood sugar.

They were only losing roughly 600 calories each day. But it had been approximately a week, and they weren't doing so well. When you prepare for a show and limit your calories and carbs to inadequate levels, I see this in the competitive body-building world. The message is that vitamins and macronutrients are important, but you also need to eat the appropriate calories.

Remember to eat even if you're trying to lose weight or fat. Getting an RMR and then going by that number is a solid starting point. For this, I use, but you can use anybody you like.

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Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. Before taking any action based on this information you should first consult with your physician or health care provider. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions regarding a medical condition, your health, or wellness.

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