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.
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 and author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook. "You have no fuel, so you're tired all the time." As a general rule of thumb, most women need at least 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day just to sustain healthy metabolic function--but some may need more than that, says Clark. So if you're seriously dragging, it's a sign that you may need to up your caloric intake.
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