6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Meals
We all know that cutting calories is an effective way to lose weight (and that controlling them is essential for maintaining a healthy body weight), which makes It tempting to skip meals from time to time — but doing that can have negative effects on your body and its overall health and wellbeing. In theory, skipping meals might seem like the quickest solution when you’re having a hard time sticking to your diet (eating fewer meals means eating fewer calories, right?) but, in reality, avoiding food can cause you to eat more over the course of the day.
All foods contain at least some sugar; even healthy foods like vegetables have a small amount. Your body needs a steady supply of sugars and other nutrients in order to function properly. When your body receives the wrong amount of sugar (too little because you’ve been skipping meals, for example) it’s negatively affected in a number of ways.
After you eat something, your digestive system breaks food down into glucose (a form of sugar). That glucose enters your bloodstream and prompts your body to produce insulin — a hormone that helps deliver the sugar to the parts of your body that need to use it for energy. When you skip meals, your blood sugar level drops and the parts of your body that are waiting for fuel are forced to try and run on empty. Running on empty too often can cause everything from mental confusion to weight gain.
The best way to keep your body running smoothly? Don’t skip meals. Feed your body healthy foods that will help keep your blood sugar stable and at a safe level. Want more details? We’ve got the science behind six things that happen when you skip meals as well as quick and easy recipes you can cook up to help keep your body functioning at its best.
If you’ve ever feel like you’re having a hard time paying attention, understanding information, organizing your thoughts, or remembering details, consider what you’ve had to eat; low blood sugar can cause symptoms like confusion and difficulty speaking. Clear up “brain fog” with a good snack.
It’s makes perfect sense that skipping meals would cause fatigue — eating is your body’s main source of energy. In one study, skipping breakfast and then eating irregularly thereafter was shown to have a positive correlation with fatigue. Avoid feeling tired by starting your day with one of these delicious oatmeal recipes.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.