Have you been working hard on your workouts, training multiple times a week and still don’t see the results that you were expecting? Do you ask yourself what am I doing wrong? Well, the answer is not that difficult; you may be simply overtraining and undereating.
There are many benefits of exercising – both emotional & physical. But the mix of overtraining and undereating can wreak havoc on your body. Your body relies on food to perform multiple functions.
If you do not fuel your body well after a workout you are going to get tired quickly, feel lethargic, get constipated etc. Long term effects include muscle damage, poor sleep quality, loss of hair, loss of/changes in menstrual cycle, irritability, loss of appetite, increased risk of injury, constipation, chronic stress etc.
If you are not eating enough, your body will let you know. Listen to your body and make sure that you are nourishing it.
Here are some tips on how you can overcome undereating:
- Make sure you are eating meals and snacks that include protein
- Pick unprocessed carbohydrates
- Look for healthy sources of fat, such as nuts or avocados
- Eat vegetables for vitamins and minerals
- Include fruits and they provide natural sugar and give instant energy
Training excessively or undereating both cause serious problems on their own. If you are working out too much and eating too little at the same time, your body will really suffer. You will have the best results when your diet and workouts are steady and sustainable for the long term!