Everyone knows that eating too much makes you gain weight. But are you aware that eating too little can prevent weight loss? Nutrition experts say many active women could lose more weight and perform better if they ate more. Therefore, if you work out religiously, but do not seem to shed any pounds, the problem could be that your body is not getting enough fuel to maintain your level of fitness. This eventually causes injuries, which can sideline the active woman and then cause astronomical weight gain.
Basically, what happens when you do not eat enough food is that your metabolism become sluggish and goes into what is known as starvation mode. Our bodies are programmed to slow down and hold onto weight when food is not abundant. It is also programmed to store fat to help us survive in times of famine. It is only in times of abundance that our bodies will actually let us shed a few excess pounds. This is why crash dieting only works for a week or two before we start to pack the pounds back on.
Use an online calorie calculator, like this one by the Mayo Clinic, to determine how many calories you need each day to maintain your weight. To lose weight eat about 10% less than that while adding cardio into your day. You will probably be surprised at the number of calories you need to fuel your body into losing weight. The combination of slowly cutting those calories out and burning extra calories through cardio is the healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off!