First, we should know that there is a link between undereating and overeating. So undereating means the person is consuming fewer calories than their body needs to function correctly. Under-eating has a severe impact, like your energy level will decrease, you will experience physical tiredness and mental fatigue, and it will be very difficult for a person to do daily activities like walking and household work. Undereating can happen for several reasons, like not getting a proper diet, having eating disorders, or simply not eating enough due to a diligent or busy lifestyle.
According to nutritionist Rashi Chowdhary, there is a direct link between undereating and overeating. She says, “Often Overeating is blamed by most of us as “the root cause” of weight gain. And that’s why, as soon as you see your numbers increasing on the scale, the first thing you do is start reducing your calories. Isn’t it? While this may look very promising when you first start doing it, guess what? Restricting your calories is one of the quickest ways you end up overeating! Let me explain.”
Further, she says on her Instagram post that when the body eats fewer calories in an undereating state of mind, it goes into a state of starvation mode. It means that if you are consuming fewer calories or denying the food that you love because you want to lose weight or don’t want to put on some weight, this has happened because of your willpower, but after some time you lose that willpower and end up eating some food or overeating. This means that the body conserves energy by slowing down the metabolism, which in turn slows down the process of burning calories. This can raise some health issues like fatigue, weakness, and other physical and mental health problems. Therefore, undereating can lead to cravings for calorie-dense food, which can ultimately result in overeating.
Undereating can result in nutrient deficiencies, which can lead to food cravings since the body is not receiving what it really wants.
In summary, undereating can lead to starvation mode, nutrient deficiencies, and food cravings, and these things lead to overeating, which can lead to unhealthy weight gain and raise health problems. So it would be best to not avoid or neglect the basic or nutritious food that your body needs and not to undereat, and it is essential to consume a balanced and adequate amount of food to ensure proper nutrition and avoid overeating.
Rashmi Rana is pursuing Masters in Journalism – Mass Media. She is a student with a strong communication and content writing skills. Rashmi is currently working as a journalist at The Shining Media.