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Nutrition and diet are key components in every weight-loss plan. The foods you eat play a major role in your energy levels and overall health, and can either make or break your success rate. Diets work differently for everyone. Some people may love how the plant-based Mediterranean diet tastes and makes them feel, whereas others may swear by fad diets such as the Atkins and South Beach diets. The bottom line, is that although particular diets may work for other people, they may not work for you.
One of the most effective ways to lose weight is to eat healthy foods that you truly enjoy and that make you feel great on a day-to-day basis. How can you tell whether your current diet is working out well for you? Take a look at these four signs that indicate your diet may not be working for you.
1. You’re suddenly experiencing strange health problems
A healthy diet should never, ever lead to other health problems. If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, suffering from worsened oral health, or your weight is constantly going up and down, then either your diet is lacking vital nutrients, you’re not eating frequently enough, or you’re not eating the right portion sizes. Speak to your bariatric surgeon or a nutritionist to help you uncover why your diet could be resulting in worsened health.
2. You’re feeling moodier and more irritable than usual
Are you feeling stressed, anxious, and more absent-minded than usual? If so, you could be experiencing nutritional deficiency in vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, and essential fats. The foods you eat are always directly linked to your mood and mental well-being. Take a step back and try to pinpoint where you’re lacking in these important vitamins and nutrients.
3. You’re experiencing intense cravings
It’s okay to experience cravings for dessert once in a while, but if your cravings become too intense or obsessive, and you’re spending time fantasizing about certain unhealthy food items, then your body could still be lacking vital nutrients. When you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you’ll naturally experience fewer cravings for unhealthy foods. On the other hand, if you’re craving an apple or orange, then it’s possible your diet lacks the nutrients that are found in those particular foods.
4. You constantly feel tired and exhausted
Do you still feel sluggish and tired after a seemingly good night’s sleep? Do you feel exhausted during the daytime hours, and then alert and energetic during the nighttime hours? If your body is feeling run down during abnormal times of the day, your diet could be to blame. For starters, make sure that your breakfast is hearty and healthy, since it will help provide you with the energy you need to make it through the morning. A breakfast high in refined carbs, or no breakfast at all can really have a negative impact on your overall energy levels.