You're shedding pounds, sure, but is your health taking a hit?
By Esther Crain, Women's Health
Constant hunger pangs aren't the only tip-off that your weight-loss plan has crossed over into potentially dangerous territory. If you've recently started a diet, check out these signs that you could be harming your health or setting yourself up for a weight-loss fail.
You've Cut Out an Entire Food Group
Banning carbs or another category of food will probably help the number on the scale go down, sure. Problem is, you're also ditching entire categories of crucial nutrients--for example, complex carbs for energy or B vitamins to keep your mood steady. Without them, your health suffers…and you also begin to feel bored and deprived, says Clark.
Your Energy Level is Circling the Drain
"It's a tip-off that your calorie intake is way too low," says Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., a Boston-based sports nutritionist