Skipping meals or eating right, which pays off?

Skipping meals may be the most logical thing to do. It may feel like, ‘oh well, if I don’t eat often, I sure won’t gain weight’.  After reading through this, you will have a lot to think about!

 1.      If you lose weight by skipping meals, you will likely gain the weight back

When you skip meals, what you eat anytime you eat won’t change except you lay hold on some nutritional information. In fact you are more likely to eat more anytime you have the chance to eat because you will be starving. Past research studies also show that those that skip meals or fast gain back weight anytime they stop fasting or skipping meals. Losing weight doesn’t have to make you feel miserable, there is a better way to it which is to eat anytime you feel hungry but eat right!

 2.      Skipping meals will make you inactive or distracted all through the day

Imagine if you are hungry and you still have to do all those office or school works, the hunger will definitely slow you down, make you weak, unnecessarily touchy and less motivated. The information you will get within a minute when you are well nourished may take fifteen minutes if you are hungry, this is because your blood sugar would have dropped and your brain would have a low supply of glucose needed to adequately function.

 3.      Skipping meals puts you at risk of being malnourished

Your body needs a certain amount of energy and all nutrients to function well, also certain enzymes in the body need some nutrients to perform their metabolic function, and once the requirement is not met, you will be at risk of nutritional deficiency. This will make you susceptible to infections and make your face, hair and skin lose their shine.

4.      Skipping meals puts you at risk of Heart diseases and Diabetes

Although research studies are still ongoing, some studies found that consistent skipping of meals may alter body’s metabolism and increase the risk of belly fat, high blood pressure, heart diseases and diabetes. A study by Harvard University found that those that skip breakfast are 27 percent more likely to experience heart attack or die from coronary heart disease. This may be because consistent skipping of meals leads to increases in diastolic and systolic blood pressure, blood concentrations of insulin, triglycerides, free fatty acids and LDL-cholesterol, and to decreases in blood concentrations of HDL-cholesterol, all of which are risk factors for heart diseases.

 5.      You can lose more weight through healthy eating and exercise than skipping meals

With a healthy diet and exercise of about 20 minutes per day, you can lose up to 20 pounds within three months. Losing this amount through meal skipping can alter your metabolism and put your body in a shock or survival mode which may be detrimental to health.

Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight can be fun! Do you need help in achieving your desired weight, visit Our Services page, and do remember to leave a feedback if you find this information useful.

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26824682

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25545767

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25787236

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3797523/

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