By Ashley Dimon, Dietitian & Sports Nutrition Volunteer
Are you constantly thinking about food? Do you often feel tired or irritable? Do you often have stress fractures or injuries that won’t heal? Hair loss? Irregular or loss of your menstrual cycle?
These are all symptoms of RED-s, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, or Low Energy Availability. While most of the population is worrying if they are eating too much, athletes and active individuals need to worry about eating enough. Those at risk for under fueling and overtraining are not just women, men can also be affected. Some other signs and symptoms that you are overtraining and under fueling are fear of weight gain, overtraining, anxiety about giving yourself a rest day, feeling anxious when around food, poor performance and disrupted sleep.
The best way to know if you are under fueling is to work with a dietitian. You can also ask yourself these questions to get a better understanding if you are overtraining and/or under fueling:
If you feel that you are inadequately fueling your body, overtraining, and/or experiencing any of the symptoms above, it may be time to consider setting up an appointment with a dietitian. Our team of dietitians specializes in helping active women and men address issues related to low energy availability and find balance when it comes to food and exercise. If you’re interested in how we can help you, schedule a free consult to chat your concerns/goals and how we can work together. You can schedule a free consult HERE.