Do you often find yourself skipping meals on daily basis? If so, you should know that you are harming your body long term and there side effects you’ll end up facing down the line.
Why? Well, your body is built for survival, and if you go too long without eating, it goes into survival mode by sending you on a food quest. If you go too long without eating, you are likely to eat too much at the next opportunity. Therefore, skipping breakfast, lunch, or any meal, will catch up with you. Therefore, make sure to add a timely snack into your daily meal plan in order to prevent overeating.
Have a look at some other consequences of meal skipping:
Meal skippers don’t perform as well as those who have a healthy meal plan on daily basis. They accomplish less work, are physically less steady, and are also slower at making decisions.
The brain’s exclusive fuel, glucose, is compromised within four to six hours in case you have skipped eating. That’s because the glucose stored in the liver as glycogen, runs out during this time period. When blood glucose dips too low, the liver converts glycogen into glucose and releases it into the blood. However, if its glycogen has been depleted, the body has to turn to less efficient fueling methods.
Calorie loading easily appears in case you eat just one meal a day – especially if it’s dinner. Eating just one large meal tends to overwhelm your body with calories that it does not need at that moment.
Although the side effects of skipping meals are known, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of just doing without.
Have a look at some of the most common reasons why people skip meals:
- Breakfast – You might get up too late, don’t feel hungry, nothing to eat
- Lunch - Tied up in meetings, running errands, forgetting to bring lunch, forgetting to bring cash, behind on deadlines
- Dinner – You have a meeting after work, arriving home late, etc
Another generally known issue is stress. People sometimes become very focused on work or so stressed and overwhelmed that they simply don’t feel hungry anymore. The reason is that stress hormones can blunt hunger. So, you might end up realizing that it is dinner time and you haven’t even had lunch yet.
If you have the habit of skipping meals, it’s time you make a change in your lifestyle. Introducing healthy meals will benefit you and your working capacity. Especially when it comes to lunch-time, make sure to take time and enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch.
And, always remember that by restricting meals you’ll take the pleasure and enjoyment out of eating. Our bodies are highly effective at regulating caloric intake to meet our needs. Therefore, it is essential to listen to your body when it comes to signals of hunger and fullness. Instead of waiting until you are starving to eat, opt for healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.
Eat healthy, stay healthy!