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For good reason, they are extremely frustrated that their weight isn’t changing; for some of these clients, their weight has actually been increasing since they dropped their food intake and started working out more.
Many of these clients are also eating a very low carbohydrate diet with the goal of losing weight quickly.
We’ve been trained to believe that the body is a machine and we can input and output our calories in a way that will cause weight loss, so it’s understandable why these clients would expect to see weight loss from a significant caloric deficit like that.
But the fact is, they simply can’t lose the last 15-30 pounds no matter how little they eat. While a slight caloric deficit can lead to sustainable weight loss (think 300-500 calories per day), much larger deficits induce changes in your body’s metabolism in order to keep your body in a homeostatic balance.
This means your body develops hypothyroidism symptoms without necessarily showing any change in the typical thyroid function markers that most doctors check.
Constipation is a very common symptom of hypothyroidism, as active thyroid hormone helps stimulate peristalsis in the gut, keeping digestion humming along smoothly.
These hormonal changes can lead to stalled weight loss and body fat retention, along with many other negative health effects that go beyond weight loss resistance.Could an inadequate calorie intake be the root cause of your health problems?Find out how to recognize the signs of under-eating.The most common issue that comes from chronic under-eating is hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.Hypoglycemia is defined as blood sugar below 70 mg/d L, though some people experience symptoms at higher blood sugar levels.