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Why Do You Suffer from Headaches During a Weight Loss Diet?

A weight loss diet means restricting your calorie intake but sometimes insufficient calories lead to headaches, which is a sign that your body is suffering.  Even when you are trying to shed extra weight, it is necessary to take all essential nutrients in the diet, so that the body doesn’t deprive you of anything.

Headaches during a weight loss diet are common and it hit nearly everyone who is unable to understand what is happening to him. Most people blame ‘dieting’ for these headaches however, it is not completely true as it is directly linked to insufficient calorie consumption.

The reason people fail to determine what’s causing them headaches is because the idea of losing weight is always associated with ‘eat less’ and not ‘eat better’. According to nutritionists, eating lesser than the results of your daily calorie in weight loss but being calorie deficit doesn’t mean putting an end to the nutrition that your body required. In the absence of vital nutrients, the body goes into fatigue and causes headaches even if you are following a highly popular weight loss diet.

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Taking lesser calories than your dietary requirement can affect the electrolyte balance inside the body leading to a disproportional level of potassium and sodium. These low levels of sodium and potassium cause severe headaches during a weight loss diet.

Overall, the water levels of the body also change when a person switches to any weight loss diet. Leaving certain foods that provide water to the body can lead to a deficiency of water which can further cause severe dehydration. That’s why health experts focus on hydrating the body while you try to drop extra weight. No matter which diet plan are you following, water is something that is ‘allowed’ in every one of them. There are good chances that drinking more water will put an end to these recurring headaches associated with a weight loss diet.

Fasting diets are helpful to shed extra weight but for some people, long fasting hours, or not eating meals leads to hypoglycemia or low sugar levels. This hypoglycemia also feels like fatigue, tiredness, low energy, and dizziness in a person. All certified nutritionists suggest eating small portions of meals, 4 to 6 times a day to avoid hypoglycemia and fatigue.  This strategy is better than skipping meals and not eating sufficient calories. Plus, add more protein content to the diet, as it will prevent hunger for a longer time.

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More importantly, don’t try a diet that is not suitable for your body. For example, intermittent fasting doesn’t suit everyone, and issues like headaches, hypoglycemia, and high blood pressure are extremely common with such weight loss diets.

The healthy way to lose extra weight is by eating ‘fewer’ calories and ‘better’ calories. A balanced diet with a good proportion of food and liquids, micro and macronutrients will provide all necessary nutrients to the body and make weight loss easier.  Those who aren’t sure about where to start should go to a nutritionist/dietician to get a customized diet plan.






Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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