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How Eating Too Little Can Prevent Weight Loss

Eating too little and being in a caloric deficit has boundaries. In order to lose weight, your body still needs food in order for your metabolism to burn calories and energize your body.

If you are on a weight loss journey, and find that even in your caloric deficit you’re not getting results, you may be eating too little.

Let’s go over how eating too little can prevent weight loss.

Preservation Mode

If you choose to go into a caloric deficit, you still are eating enough food to fuel your body. And, this amount of food still allows your body to lose weight. However, when you are eating less than required, your body goes into preservation mode. So instead of burning calories, your body will store fats and nutrients since it is not receiving enough of them.

Make sure that your caloric intake is enough to still fuel your body. You can consult with a nutritionist to find out the exact amount of calories you need to have depending on your goals, weight, age, and height.

Lower Metabolism

Your metabolism is key to losing weight. But, without enough food, your body will not metabolize as much since it is not receiving enough. And, your body will hold onto any remaining fat since it is in starvation mode. You will also lose less weight when your body is at rest.

Muscle Loss

When your body is being deprived of food, it may turn to your muscle cells for energy. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so your body will not be able to lose as much weight as a result.

To learn more about proper weight loss, visit your nearest Herbal One Centre and speak to one of our nutrition counsellors.

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If you have any questions or concerns, stop by, call, or email your Herbal One centre and our qualified counsellors will be happy to give you tips and some great ideas that will help reach your weight loss goals.

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