Why Skipping Meals Is Never a Good Idea

Skipping meals is a rather common urban phenomenon that occurs either as a result of the desire to lose weight or simply because of an excessively hectic schedule.

Skipping meals is a rather common urban phenomenon that occurs either as a result of the desire to lose weight or simply because of an excessively hectic schedule.  However, people often tend to overlook the fact that missing meals, whatever the reason may be, could have quite an adverse affect on one’s health.

Let us see what the possible negative impact could be:

1. The Risk of Overeating

If you skip meals to try and lose weight, you are likely to starve yourself throughout the day. What this will result in is excessive hunger and the need to eat just about anything, especially something with high calories. Now, this would not only defeat your purpose of attempting to lose a few kilos, it will also steer you toward unhealthy eating habits.

2. Metabolism Malfunction

Skipping meals to lose weight can affect your metabolism. When you eat regular or designated meals at the appropriate time of the day, your metabolism breaks down the food at a certain pace. Irregularity in meals, skipping meals and not eating too often results in the rate of metabolism slowing down. This is why it is advised that you eat smaller quantities of food at frequent intervals throughout the day. This is the best way to keep your metabolism active and your digestion good.

1. Monounsaturated fats: Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with monounsaturated fats will help you slim down by shuttling fat away from your midsection (See my Ask the Diet Doctor column on this

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1. Monounsaturated fats: Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with monounsaturated fats will help you slim down by shuttling fat away from your midsection (See my Ask the Diet Doctor column on this topic for a more in-depth explanation).

Where to get it: Avocados, Macadamia nuts, and olive oil are great sources of monounsaturated fats. They also come packaged with great nutrients such as antioxidants (in olive oil), fiber (in avocado), and B-vitamins (in macadamia nuts).

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3. Lack of Nutrition

The human body needs a certain amount of nutrition every day in order for all bodily functions to operate smoothly. When the nutrition received is not sufficient, the body falls more prone to sickness and diseases. While supplements exist to balance these needs, there can be no comparison to the richness of green vegetables and fresh fruits.

4. Drop in Levels of Blood Sugar

One of the hazardous effects of skipping meals is the possibility of the blood sugar levels dropping drastically. Food consumed is broken into parts by the body, some of which get stored as fat, while others flow into the blood stream, giving the body the energy it requires to function through the day. If the consumption of food will be less, so will the levels of energy produced by the body, resulting in tiredness and lethargy.

So, are there no positive effects of skipping meals? Well, there could be, but only if the same is done under supervision or guidance of a medical expert. Moreover, the meals need to be skipped in a planned manner. If a meal must be skipped, let it be dinner. Due to the rush to get to work, you may often tend to skip breakfast. However, that is the most important meal of the day and must never be missed. A healthy breakfast ensures that the metabolism functions properly and the body receives its required nutrition.

Losing weight and trying to stick to a busy schedule are aspects that must not be allowed to prove obstacles to healthy living. If you must skip meals, follow a diet plan after consulting a professional. If you feel you lack time to eat, make it a point to rise early or set an alarm for your meals, especially lunch. After all, health is foremost when it comes to existence, isn’t it?

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