February 22, 2022

10 Symptoms of Not Eating Enough: The Dangers of Malnutrition

Are you eating enough?

You may not be if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms. Not getting enough calories and nutrients consistently can lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition can have serious consequences for your health, including significant chronic fatigue, hair loss, and a weakened immune system. In this blog post, we will discuss the 10 most common symptoms of not eating enough. If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, it might be a signal that you are not eating enough to meet your nutritional needs. 


Common Symptoms of Not Eating Enough

   1. Chronic Fatigue:

Chronic fatigue is one of the most common physical signs you’re not eating enough. When you don’t get sufficient nutrients, your body doesn’t have the energy to function properly. This can cause you to feel tired all the time, no matter how much sleep you get.


According to the (1) Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, an average American adult needs to consume approximately ~2000 calories a day in order to meet estimated nutritional needs. The amount of calories needed for each person varies, depending on age, gender and activity level. Also, this is a guideline and not an outright caloric prescription. 


Calories are important because they provide energy for your body’s daily functions such as breathing, thinking and moving around. Symptoms of not eating enough can start with a general feeling of low energy and fatigue.


The constant pressure people feel to reduce their caloric intake may lead them to blindly restricting vital nutrients we need to function properly. Consistent under consumption of these nutrients may result in malnutrition, something we take very seriously here at Nutriving.

   2. Irritability: 

Feeling irritable and moody is another common symptom of poor caloric intake. Low blood sugar can definitely lead to irritability. We have some pretty killer episodes on sugary treats, snacking, and fruit sugar on our podcast, Dietitians Uncorked. We get into the “hangrys” and how to avoid them. 


When you’re feeling low on energy, you might easily become frustrated or angered. You might also find that you’re more emotional than usual. There have been (2,3) several studies that link mood disorders to restrictive dieting patterns. 


Symptoms of not eating enough, like irritability, may be the more obvious one when interacting with others. If you find yourself feeling consistently more irritable, this may be related to your nutrient intake. 


   3. Brain Fog: 

Suffering from brain fog is another sign that you may not be eating enough. Brain fog refers to feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating.

You know those times that you feel like it’s really hard to concentrate? You seem to forget literally everything? Being productive becomes very hard? This is brain fog. 

When the body doesn’t have enough energy, it can’t function properly. This includes the brain, which can’t function at its full capacity when it’s not getting enough energy. 


It’s SO important to make sure you