Make sure you get enough calories for good weight loss.

When people begin a weight loss plan, it's common for them to cut their calories drastically from what they were eating previously. There's often fast weight loss in the beginning, but then it seems as though it hits a plateau.

If this has happened to you, the problem could be something that sounds counter-intuitive: you might not be eating enough.

How Does Eating Too Little Stall Weight Loss?

Eating food gets your body's metabolism going. If you have heard the saying, "You must spend money to make money," the idea here is the same: "You must take in calories to burn calories."

Eating food starts your body down the track of burning calories and using fat stores for energy.

Alternatively, if you don't eat enough calories, your body will think that food is scarce and start conserving fat stores, using lean muscle for energy instead. That isn't what you want.

Signs You Might Not Be Eating Enough to Lose Weight

Here are some signs that you might be restricting your calories too much, triggering a fat-conserving response in your body:

How to Ensure You're Getting Enough Food

Choose a diet plan that includes high amounts of protein and fiber. These nutrients help you feel full while providing decent calorie amounts. They also encourage good metabolism. Here are some ideas:

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