Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your weight, there’s a lot of gray area surrounding whether you’re consuming enough calories. Consuming less calories is a part of weight loss, but skipping meals can do your body more harm than good.

“Eating regularly throughout the day keeps your metabolism running at full speed, prevents dips in your energy, keeps you alert and focused, and [can help keep] your weight steady by preventing overeating at later meals,” Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.N., founder of the New York-based BZ Nutrition, told SELF.

Are you getting enough calories throughout the day? Here are signs you’re not eating enough:

1. Your weight loss has plateaued.

After a little success, you may begin to wane on portion control, thinking a little cut here and a little cut there will give you an edge up on reaching your goal quicker. What we often forget is that not eating enough messes with hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and those of the thyroid, in turn, slowing your metabolism.

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