Skipping Meals To Lose Weight?

Skipping Meals To Lose WeightBy the Registered Dietitians at 2YourHealth

Thinking of skipping meals to lose weight?

Skipping meals may seem like a good idea for a weight loss strategy, but in reality, it can sabotage your metabolism and hinder your weight loss.

Initially, you will be saving calories, but skipping meals can trigger your brain to crave higher calorie food and simple carbohydrates such as sweets and processed foods. Skipping meals is rarely a good idea. In addition to craving those high calorie options, it can also sink your mental alertness, energy levels, focus, and blood sugar.

When you eat, your body works hard to break food down into smaller pieces. That’s what makes your metabolism work!

Let’s think of your body as a car. You have to put fuel in it to make it run, especially when you are running on empty to help you get where you need to go. The same goes for your metabolism when you skip meals–your body goes into “survival” mode by lowering your metabolic rate and using muscle as fuel instead of fat. It rids your body of the nutrients and energy that it needs.

Eating a well-balanced diet at regular intervals with a variety of fruits and vegetables along with physical activity is the key to keeping your metabolism and weight loss revved up.

Be sure to set reasonable goals. For example, focusing on losing 5 pounds at a time may seem more attainable than 25 pounds at once. Eat a variety of foods and keep those feet moving to help achieve successful weight loss!

Your waistline and your metabolism will thank you!

References
Dutff, R. L. 2012. American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. 4th Edition. Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Author: Carla Spencer

Carla Spencer is a Registered Dietitian and founder of 2 Your Health. Her extensive career working with individuals with health challenges led her to create this site dedicated to helping people enjoy their lives while working to prevent or minimize the impact of kidney disease.

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  1. Yes, starving yourself is NOT a route toward healthiness and nutrition. However, you can eat less and replace that food with a natural and nutritious vegetable juice from a juicer!

    I used to eat fast food 3 times a day and quickly gained 30 pounds. Now I’m living a much healthier lifestyle. One of the best ways to come off of a terrible diet is by finding something that you can supplant your cravings with.

    A natural juice made by yourself can be very satisfying and can replace that extra serving with something good for you and low in calories.

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  2. What are your recommendation for frequent meals? How big should the meal be (how many calories) and how often can I eat it in your opinion.

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