You are trying to lose weight and think that eating less will get you to your goal faster. While cutting calories definitely helps, you want to be careful not to eliminate entire meals, especially breakfast — just because you are busy and short on time doesn't make this a good idea. Skipping meals could be one of the worst ways to lose weight and here's why. When you skip a meal (or more), your body starts to wonder why it's not getting any food and it will go into starvation mode. Then it reacts by slowing down your metabolism, which means slower weight loss — not exactly the results you were going for. Plus, not eating will also give you a headache, make you feel dizzy or sleepy, and make for one cranky, hungry person. Try not to go more than three or four hours between meals and snacks.
But we do know that not eating can lead to fainting and that is not a healthy way to lose weight. In fact, not eating to lose weight can have serious consequences.
It is a common misconception that skipping meals will accelerate weight loss because you are eating less. In fact, exactly the opposite is true. Skipping meals can lead to food cravings, binge eating and weight gain. This is because you are more likely to overeat and choose high calorie, high fat foods when you are extremely hungry.
Studies show that people who skip breakfast and eat fewer times during the day are heavier than those who eat breakfast and four to five small meals a day. Eating regularly helps you maintain a higher metabolic rate so that you burn more calories, and it helps control your appetite.
When you do not eat for a prolonged period of time, like when you skip a meal, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down to preserve energy. This means that your body will compensate for the inadequate calories by burning fewer calories than it normally would. When your body goes into starvation mode it does not draw from its fat stores for energy, and this makes it virtually impossible to lose weight. Once you do eat, your body will store those calories, rather than use them, because it expects you to starve it again.
If you are dieting, do it the healthy way by following a well-balanced diet that includes all the food groups, and do not skip meals. You are more likely to lose weight if you eat regularly throughout the day. Eating smaller meals more frequently helps keep both your blood sugar and your metabolism on an even keel allowing you to feel better, burn more calories and lose weight.
Many people skip meals either because they live a busy schedule or trying to lose weight. The effects of skipping meals are often manifested through the amount of foods eaten during the next meal, which further affect the overall health. While fasting is beneficial to obese people according to research studies, there are far more research studies to prove that skipping meals can be associated to poor health. For example, unmediated skipping meals can lead to:
Menstrual dysfunction; Lowered body temperature; Increased craving for foods high in fats;
Poor performance at work, school or any activity; Diminished bone density; Decremented metabolic rate; Weak Immune system.
So, if you do not want to have any of the above mentioned symtpoms, try to eat regularly and avoid skipping meals because this does not lead to successful weight loss.