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posted Mar 26, 2019, 1:11 AM by Janene Weinstein

Your body requires energy to fuel its biological functions such as digestion & breathing, along with the activity you do throughout the day. Did you know that your resting metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body uses at rest) makes up the majority of your total energy expenditure? It's important to consume enough energy from food to keep your body functioning normally. If you eat too few calories, you put your health at risk in the following ways.

YOU WON'T MEET YOUR NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS It's easy to underestimate the significance of something you can't see or feel, but vitamins, minerals, fiber & other nutrients are just as important to your long-term well-being as the number on the scale. Calcium from dairy, vitamin E from nuts and seeds & B vitamins are often at risk of deficiency. 

YOU SLOW DOWN YOUR METABOLISM Not eating enough, causes your body to go into survival mode & starts breaking down muscle to release the glucose stored inside, which can be used for energy. Not consuming enough kJ, causes your body to slow down your metabolism in an effort to conserve energy. You might feel sluggish & cold & have gastrointestinal abnormalities.

YOU LOOSE YOUR MENTAL EDGE Your brain needs a constant source of energy to stay fuelled, it can not function optimally with an insufficient energy supply.

INCREASED RISK OF GALLSTONES Very low kJ diets cause fast weight loss & increase risk of gallstone forming.
Let me, Janene Sacks(Weinstein), Registered Dietician, help you work out the correct kilojoule requirements to reach your ideal weight, while staying energised and healthy.