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Welcome to Part 5 (and the final part) of my Skipping Meals series! Today, we will be talking about the effect of skipping meals on weight loss. If you have not already read Parts 1-4 of this series, I would encourage you to do that, as each part in the series builds upon the info in previous parts. You can find all of those here:
- Part 1: Why Skipping Meals Leads to Binging and Overeating
- Part 2: Balancing Blood Sugar by Nourishing Our Bodies Early in the Day
- Part 3: Lack of Preparation or Time + Recipe Ideas
- Part 4: Why Does The Thought of Food in the Morning Leave You Feeling Queasy?
The Effect of Skipping Meals On Weight Loss
Skipping meals is a very common thing that women do in an effort to “manage” their weight. They may have themselves on very calorie restrictive diets and skipping meals is a good way to ensure that they don’t go over their calorie limit that day.
Well, I’m sorry, but I’m here to tell you that skipping meals is most likely having the opposite effect (and then some) that you truly desire. Skipping meals regularly can lead to:
- Weight gain over time
- Decreased brain function
- Mood disturbances
- Imbalanced hormones
- Blood sugar dysregulation
- Slow starvation due to lack of proper nutrition
A study conducted at Ohio State University found that skipping meals not only leads to abdominal weight gain, but it can also lead to the development of insulin resistance in the liver. Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University, said:
“…you definitely don’t want to skip meals to save calories because it sets your body up for larger fluctuations in insulin and glucose and could be setting you up for more fat gain instead of fat loss.”