Egg whites, oatmeal, chicken breast, protein powder, white rice...where exactly is the nutrition at? Yes, most will consume vegetables due to the filling nature and low calories, but one must wonder how many fat soluble vitamins are absorbed with such a low dietary fat intake (not to mention fat soluble vitamins in vegetables have a notoriously low conversion rate in the human body). If the same women cut to the same calorie level but ate whole eggs, leaner red meats, potatoes, fruit and fortified reduced fat (but not fat free) dairy, would they suffer from these effects as badly? That's the question.
I wonder why beef liver consumption isn't urged in bodybuilding communities on a cut. It is the most nutritious food on Earth, and very low fat and low calories. A simple 4oz serving once a week could maybe cure some of these issues.