You’re Getting Sick
Catching colds regularly? Your low-calorie diet may be to blame.
“Eating too little can negatively affect the immune system and stress out the body,” Moskovitz says.
When this happens, your body produces fewer lymphocytes, aka infection-fighting white blood cells, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Consequently, with lower lymphocyte levels, you run a greater risk of getting sick.
What’s more, restrictive dieting “usually means you’re not getting key immune-building nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D and probiotics,” Moskovitz adds.
Put simply, your body’s defenses suffer when you cut too many calories in the form of wholesome, nutritious foods.