Skipping meals isn't helpful when trying to lose weight, it may actually cause you to gain weight. There are several healthy myths online that promote mini-fasting as an effective form of weight loss. Though at the moment you may feel lighter and a little hungry, the weight may just come back later if you don't have a proper daily meal plan.
If you were to skip a meal the body can feel the effects almost immediately. Physically you will feel dizziness, fatigue, and your blood glucose level will drop. Glucose is needed for the brain and body to function properly if you aren't making enough you have the tendency to lose focus and energy in your day.
In Evelyn's Tribole's book, Eating on the Run, Third Edition, skipping a meal can cause you to eat more later. According to Tribole, "Eating just one large meal tends to overwhelm your body with calories that it does not need at the moment." Your metabolism slows as well, causing the excess calories to turn into excess fat. According to the New York Times, researchers have found meal skippers have a delayed insulin response and elevated fasting glucose levels if continued can lead to diabetes.
Tip To Avoid Skipping Meals
Plan Out Your Meals: It may sound tedious to plan what you're going to eat every day but planning your meals can help you control what you're eating. It can even help you save time and money later on. Instead of heading to the nearest drive-through, save money and cook your meals for the duration of the week. If you feel as though you don't have time to plan meals, we can do the work for you. Here at Bariatric Lifestyle Diet, we have meal programs available for men and women looking to lose weight fast and effectively.
Eat a Healthy Snack: If you just can't find time in your day to cook and sit down to have a full meal, eat something light instead. A protein bar or fruit can be a healthy alternative to a snack. If you are looking to replace a full meal, look to meal replacement shakes as another alternative. Luckily, we have a large variety of products that can not only satisfy your hunger but provide the body with more than enough nutrients to replace a whole meal.
Create an eating schedule: If you cannot find the time, you may be forced to make time to eat a meal. We understand what it is like to become victims of a hectic schedule, but there is always an event or something you can push back to enjoy something to satisfy your hunger. Eating does not have to take an hour, set aside 15 minutes to eat something light and tasty.
Exercise: If you just aren't feeling hungry, try doing a vigorous exercise in your downtime. Exercise requires the burning of calories in order to provide energy during your workout. After a brisk walk or exercise, you may notice some grumbles from within your body. That is its way of telling you to feed it more fuel. It is then up to you to provide it with something nutritious and delicious to keep your body functioning at its best.
When you are preparing for or recovering from bariatric surgery it is important to keep your body fueled properly. Providing it with all the nutrients necessary for a quick recovery and weight loss is essential. Skipping meals, or heavy fasting, in general, can develop into unhealthy eating habits and increases your risk of developing an eating disorder. By creating healthy eating habits you are preparing your body for the changes it needs to lose weight and maintain a proper lifestyle that you will come to enjoy.