Skipping Meals

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empty-platePeople skip meals for all sorts of reasons. For instance, they mistakenly believe that missing a meal will help weight loss, or they make eating a lower priority than other tasks. Or they’re so busy that they simply forget to eat. Our lifestyles nowadays are more hectic than ever. Many of us work more than one job, juggle work and/or volunteer activities and family obligations, or run a side business that takes up a great deal of time. Few people actually eat a real breakfast or take a full lunch break at work, and many people plan their food intake around their activities rather than the other way around.

HEALTH BENEFITS

When you skip meals, it’s tough to fit in the recommended number of servings of nutrient-rich fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. As a result, you miss out on important nutrients. We like to think of the situation as vitamins, minerals, protein, and energy not showing up for work in your body. The upshot: you may experience headaches, poor concentration, irritability, poor blood-sugar control, mood swings, and even a weaker immune system. Meal skipping also can rob you of the energy you need to exercise, play with your kids, walk the dog, or mow the lawn.,

WEIGHT-CONTROL BENEFITS

Many people believe that when you skip a meal, your body makes up for it by burning stored fat. Wouldn’t it be great if that were true? We could just starve ourselves until we burned up all of our excess body fat, and then everyone would look like Jennifer Aniston! But that’s not what happens.

Skipping meals won’t help you save calories or lose weight. In fact, research shows that this practice may be one of the best ways to gain weight. That’s because meal skippers ten to overeat at later meals, and may burn fewer calories per day than those who eat regular meals or snacks. When we skip a meal, we burn some body fat because we have to pull some fat out of storage to meet our fuel needs, but we also burn muscle tissue. Also, our bodies adapt to a lack of needed fuel by becoming more fuel efficient, burning fewer calories; in other words, our cells turn off less important tasks and learn to do more with less. In addition, when we skip meals, our bodies release hormones that boost our hunger, which usually triggers an eating frenzy.

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