– Shaafea Mohammedi
We all have been trapped with a lot of diet myths, especially when it comes to losing weight these myths have impacted so many lives in so many ways.
One of these myths include skipping of meals, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. People often skip meals because they get busy or are trying to lose weight. But how you skip meals, and the amount you eat at your next meal, can affect your overall health.
In an effort to shed a few pounds fast, one considers skipping a meal would help. But does it? Thinking, if you skip your lunch you can ride out the hunger pangs until dinner or preparing a glass of low-calorie green juice for breakfast will help, you cut down on that extra weight you carry!
Let’s take a peek and see what really happens when you skip a Meal.
Skipping just one meal causes your blood-sugar levels to sink. “Sugar is the fuel your body runs on, and if it’s not circulating in the right amounts, every organ in your body is affected,” this is what Maggie Moon R.D. believes.
Without a new supply of calories, your system shifts into starvation mode in an effort to conserve your energy. Your metabolism decelerates, so eventually the food you do consume isn’t burned off very efficiently.
Skipping your meals will also take a toll on your brain. Without a steady supply of nutrients, your intellectual and emotional functioning changes, you become moody and irritable. When you do eat again, your body feels relief—but it’s short-lived. Your metabolism will stay low and your blood sugar will take a dive again, accompanying in low energy and mood swings you experienced all day.
A faster metabolism helps digest food quicker. Yes, some people are naturally blessed with this. But if you skip meals and don’t intake enough calories, you’re tricking your body into thinking it’s starving and it will try to preserve as much energy as possible. By putting your body into starvation mode, your metabolism will slow down and it won’t burn off the food as efficiently, you will probably end up storing unwanted calories that you wanted gone in the first place. Keep the meal-skipping thing up, and your body might turn to your muscles as a fuel source, further sinking your metabolism and sapping your strength. So think twice before skipping your meals.
Bottom line: You don’t have to Eat LESS, you just have to Eat RIGHT.
It isn’t really necessary for everyone to be on a proper well-planned diet, know your food, and know what you are eating. It’s all about inculcating good and healthy habits. Changing lifestyle will help resolve a lot of problems you suffer from.
I am Shaafea. I have completed my post graduation from Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai. I have worked as a Nutritionist with Urban Fitness, Prince Aly Khan hospital, and Nutriva, currently, I am freelancing as a nutrition consultant.