Are you starting to rethink your diet after embarking on it several weeks or even months ago? Sometimes a certain diet sounds like a really good idea at first, and you might think it’ll be a great way to lose some weight and feel re-energized. If you’re feeling any of the following symptoms, however, it’s time to rethink your diet.
1. You’re Hungry
One of the top signs that you need to rethink your diet is if you’re always hungry! Feeling hungry all the time on your diet might mean you’re not eating enough. Make sure that no matter what diet you’re following, you’re eating at least 1,200 calories a day. Eating fewer than this can actually halt your metabolism, causing you to gain weight instead of losing.
2. You’re Tired
Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button more often on your new diet? Chronic fatigue when following a diet could again indicate that you’re not eating enough or that you’re malnourished. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If your diet is keeping you up at night or causing you to miss out on sleep, this is another reason to think about how appropriate your diet is.
3. You Can’t Get through Your Workouts
If you’re so tired that you can’t get through your workouts, this is a sign that perhaps you need to rethink your diet. You need to consume adequate amounts of carbohydrates and protein to fuel you through your workouts. If you find yourself slacking at the gym, it might mean you’re not eating enough or are eating the wrong foods before exercising.
4. Your Performance at Work is Suffering
Is your diet beginning to interfere with your performance at work? Maybe you’re taking too many breaks to eat meals/snacks, causing you to miss important deadlines. Or perhaps you’re eating the wrong foods at the wrong time of day, causing you to become lethargic in the late afternoon. Food should energize you and keep you focused—keep that in mind when assessing if your diet is good for you.
5. You’ve Cut off Family and Friends
Has your new diet made you reluctant to hang out with family and friends? Do you fear these social gatherings will derail you off your eating plan? If your diet is so restrictive that it’s keeping you from interacting with family and friends, perhaps it’s a sign that your diet is becoming unhealthy.
6. You Think about Food All the Time
When I was dieting and following a pretty low-calorie diet, I used to have dreams where I’d eat super decadent sweets. I would then wake up in a cold sweat, panicking and trying to remember if I ate the food or if it was actually a dream. To make a long story short, even when dreaming I was obsessed with food! If you find yourself always thinking about meals, calories, or food, perhaps you’re on the wrong diet.
7. You’ve Stopped Menstruating
If your diet is so restrictive that you’ve stopped getting your period, this is definitely not the diet for you. Loss of menstruation usually indicates deeper health issues and could mean you have a lot of other physical problems you need to address. Consult a medical professional immediately if your diet causes your period to stop.
Remember that no two people are alike—there are a ton of different diets to try because something different works for everyone. What are some signs you personally go by to figure out if a diet is good for you?