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The Effects of Consuming Fewer Than 1000 Calories Daily

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author image Stephen Harding
Stephen Harding has been writing since 2009, with work on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. A U.S. Marine captain, he has military, operations and leadership experience. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Central Arkansas, is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Development Dimensions International Targeted Selection Interviewer. He is completing an MBA at the University of Iowa.
The Effects of Consuming Fewer Than 1000 Calories Daily
Be sure you do not fall below 1,000 calories per day if you're a woman, and 1,200 calories per day if you're a man. Photo Credit Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Foods vary in the number of calories they contain, just as the number of calories an individual needs just to carry out daily functions can also vary. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, women should not fall below 1,000 calories per day, and men should not fall below 1,200 per day while dieting. Restricting calories is an important part of losing weight, but eating a well-balanced diet is also necessary. A diet of fewer than 1,000 calories per day may lead to malnutrition and starvation if undertaken for too long.

Weight-Loss Sabotage

The Effects of Consuming Fewer Than 1000 Calories Daily
Starvation creates a number of negative effects. Photo Credit Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images

Starvation can create a number of negative effects such as a sluggish metabolism or a slower fat-burning process. When the body is starved of energy, it begins storing everything that is consumed. If your goal is to lose weight, you may experience a serious plateau as your body begins holding onto every calorie consumed. You may find that increasing your calorie intake will boost your weight loss.

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Malnutrition

The Effects of Consuming Fewer Than 1000 Calories Daily
Symptoms of malnutrition can include fatigue, dizziness and weight loss. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Malnutrition occurs when an individual does not take in enough nutrients. This can be from an inadequate diet, problems with absorption of nutrients or certain medical conditions. According to MedlinePlus.com, the symptoms of malnutrition depend on the cause, but general symptoms include fatigue, dizziness and weight loss.

Other Side Effects

The Effects of Consuming Fewer Than 1000 Calories Daily
Side effects of consuming too few calories include constipation and headaches. Photo Credit Monkey Business Images Ltd/Monkey Business/Getty Images

According to the College of the Canyons, other side effects of consuming too few calories include cold hands and feet, constipation, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, irritability, hypothermia, edema, decreased muscle mass and hypoglycemia. If an individual continues this type of eating pattern for an extended period of time, serious health problems can occur, including renal failure, anemia, bowel obstruction and nerve compression. Other serious conditions may arise depending on your current health.

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