How does skipping meals affect your weight? Herbalife Nutrition
Many people think skipping meals leads to weight loss, but does it? In this video, Susan Bowerman discusses the effects and impact skipping a meal on a regular basis can have on your body.
What skipping meals mean for weight loss
People might often think that skipping a meal will help them lose weight. And the thinking goes something like this: “if I skip this meal, I’m saving x-amount of calories by not eating them.” It sounds very logical. However that notion rarely works. And here’s why.
When you skip a meal, you’ll be hungrier by the time it’s your next meal. Let’s say you avoid eating a 400 or 500 calorie meal. You’ll be hungrier for your next meal and most likely will end up eating more had you not skipped a meal. There are some studies that suggest, when you skip a meal you eat more the next day.
Effects of skipping meals
Your body needs fuel in the form of protein and carbohydrates to give you energy throughout the day. This is for both physical and mental energy. So, skipping a meal means you’re also depriving your body and mind of the proteins and carbs it needs to function. What does this do to your body? You’re going to get tired.
When you’re tired, your mind starts craving the wrong, less-nutritious food items, like say, sweets. Instead, a better way to keep your mental and physical energy up, is to eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day.
Now, skipping meals means you’re not getting all the nutrients because you’d be limiting your opportunities to get a spectrum of them. If you opt for regular 3 meals a day and snacks in between, you’re giving yourself more chances to work in healthy foods into your diet. The more often you eat, the more likely you are to meet your daily nutrients.
Tips for weight loss
While skipping meals won’t necessarily help you lose weight, think about your weight loss plan as you would your weight maintenance. It’s about the approach you adopt. This means, establishing a regular eating plan with healthy foods will help your weight loss and can help you in your weight loss maintenance.
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