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