#4 Not Eating Enough Food
It’s true that in order to lose weight you do need to consume fewer calories than you burn. However, as with all things in life, more isn’t always better. What we mean by that is that while you do need a calorie deficit to lose weight, it doesn’t need to be extreme.
For instance, to lose fat at a steady clip (1-2 lbs per week), you want to use between a 10-20% calorie deficit.
Take your calorie deficit to the extreme leads to muscle loss and plateaus as your body can enter into starvation mode.
Also keep in mind that food is fuel, your body requires a certain amount of calories each day to perform basic functions including immunity, cognitive function, and hormone production. Cutting your calories too low deprives your body of the essential nutrients it needs to survive, let alone perform optimally in your workouts to help you burn more calories throughout the day.