8 signs your diet is actually hurting your body
So what if you’re cold, have headaches, and think about food all the time. Losing weight is all that matters, right?
Registered dietitian, Paul Salter, bodybuilding.com nutrition editor and the founder of Fit In Your Dress told INSIDER the above are indicators that your body is physically and psychologically stressed as a result of a calorie deficit, particularly a harsh deficit or one that has been consistent for a substantial period of time.
“A harsh/prolonged deficit significantly affects your day-to-day health and well-being, and the signs mentioned above are blatant indicators that you need to consider transitioning out of a diet,” he explained. But what does that mean?
Salter said to start by adding 10-15% of your total calorie intake to your day to establish a new baseline. This increase should come from a combination of high-fiber carbohydrates and healthy fats. He also said to reduce any added cardiovascular exercise by 20-30% across the week and enjoy a “free” meal for a psychological reprieve.
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