People skip meals for many reasons. Sometimes, it’s because they’re so busy that they forget to eat. Sometimes, they don’t have food available to eat. Other times, people forgo food with the intention to “save their calories” and indulge later in the day.
So, does restricting food actually aid in weight loss?
When you skip a meal, your blood sugar decreases, which interrupts your ability to think clearly. Your brain needs glucose (sugar) to run efficiently, and when there’s not enough glucose, your body stops functioning at 100%.
Low blood sugar also causes people to feel irritable, confused, and fatigued, which makes the body increase its production of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Basically, when you skip a meal, your body goes into survival mode, sending stress signals and making you crave foods that are high in fat, carbs, and sugar - basically anything that will give you the instant energy you need to balance back out.
To summarize, skipping meals or not allowing yourself to eat to true satiety will leave you tired, stressed, and craving high-calorie foods, so try and avoid it whenever possible
Share provided by Linnette Johnson, MS, MA, CNS, RALC, LDN
(She/Her)- Nutrition Coach and Educator, Registered Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant,
Mindfulness Meditation Coach and Herbalist