The decision to lose weight to look good and feel good for life is one of the best decisions a person can make. Keeping a healthy weight gives a plethora of long-term benefits, ranging from the simple (the dress finally fits!) to the life-changing (lower cholesterol, normal sugar levels, etc.). However, because of life’s many demands every day, most people go for what’s easy and fast—like skipping meals.
But skipping meals won’t help you lose weight. In fact, it can make you gain more pounds. What’s more, skipping meals has also been linked to abdominal weight gain. A study published on the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has also linked it to increased risk for insulin resistance.
Why Skipping Meals is Bad For Weight Loss and Health
Skipping meal sounds like a good plan to start losing weight, right?
Absolutely not. Among all the shortcuts to losing weight, skipping meals is the worst of all. Why? Because doing so literally puts your body in these modes right off the bat:
- Starvation mode.
Are you thinking that skipping meals helps you remove some unwanted calories? Think again. In fact, you are only pushing your body to hold on to those calories because it turns into starvation mode. Your body is designed to always sustain you, so without new calories coming in, it holds on to whatever fat or water that exists to tide you over. This simply leads you to end up literally bloated and fatter than you want to.
- Rage mode.
Ever wondered why most people in the strictest of diets or those that require cutting important meals are so irritable and miserable? This is because skipping meals takes a direct hit on the brain, thus affecting the mood of the person. Aside from that, skipping meals makes your body less able to use energy, causing you to overeat at the next meal, says Mayo Clinic.
- Hunger cycle mode.
So finally, you decide to have lunch at 4PM. By this time, your body has been in a bad space already that whatever efforts to salvage it are moot. You are simply going for a short lived relief to offset the crash in your blood sugar. And then once you skip the next meal, you will put your body in the same cycle of crashing blood sugar and putting it up again. This will wreak considerable havoc on your metabolism and health in the long run, making you the perfect candidate for high blood pressure, heart attacks, migraines, diabetes, and ulcer.
What’s the Best Course of Action if You Want to Lose Weight?
The best course of action is to listen to your body. Are you hungry or full? Eat when you’re hungry and stop as soon as you feel full. Another quick tip is to eat every 3 hours. This prevents you from getting hungry in the first place. Need a little help with diet for weight loss? Download my FREE 5-Day Diet ebook now.
The key to success is really planning ahead and spreading the calories around. Eat on time! Upon waking, have a good breakfast with protein and carbohydrates, a fruit, a fiber source, plus a glass or two of water. Make sure you to get your two to three liters of water a day to keep yourself hydrated. Meeting’s running over? Always have a handful of almonds at reach to ensure you always get your calories, but they are not from empty sources that would only make things worse for you.
And most importantly, enjoy eating! It’s the best way to get your dream body after all.