Wandering Web: The Dangers of Undereating and How to Combat Them

This story sounds like a dream come true. Guy is training hard and getting nowhere. Has been following conventional nutrition and fitness advice without success. Turns to two experts. Eats way more than he has before. Gets ripped. Sound like something you’d like to have happen? Sometimes food has to be treated like fuel, and undereating can be as dangerous as overeating. Check out this article from Men’s Health for the full story: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/how-this-man-lost-30-pounds

While undereating can wreak havoc on your ability to gain muscle and improve your fitness, just eating anything you see because you’re concerned about this is not the smart thing to do. You should be trying to fill up on whole foods high in protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fats. This quick article from Stack has some good ideas for healthy, portable snacks you can make at home when hunger strikes: http://www.stack.com/a/always-hungry-these-6-healthy-snacks-are-guaranteed-to-fill-you-up?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Newsletter

Shape Magazine sounds like one of those terrible magazines you’d find at the front of a grocery store right next to “People” and the latest gossip about “Brangelina.” However, this article is written by a registered dietician and talks about the symptoms associated with undereating, and what they can do to your body. In our society, it seems that the answer is always “move more eat less” but it just is not that simple. Wish it was: http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/why-undereating-works-against-you

Undereating also affects recovery from working out. Nutrition is vital to performing your best both inside and outside of the gym. If you are constantly breaking yourself down via CrossFit or other forms of intense training, you need to be treating your recovery just as seriously. These two articles from Breaking Muscle give some good ideas for recovery. I particularly like the second one, although it doesn’t touch on nutrition much, it does have very good advice for recovering: https://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/7-essential-elements-of-rest-and-recovery

http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/repeat-after-me-there-is-no-such-thing-as-overtraining?page=0,1

 

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