“I’ll lose more weight if I skip a few meals…” – sound familiar?
One of the biggest misconceptions when trying to lose weight is that you’ll lose more weight by skipping meals or not eating breakfast. While it’s correct that you are having less kilojoules/calories at the time, there are a few problems with doing this.
Here are 5 reasons to avoid skipping meals:
• You eventually get hungry and usually overeat at later meals.
• You often end up eating more at the end of the day when you are less active and less likely to burn it off.
• When you are really hungry, you don’t always make the healthiest food choices and it’s more difficult to control portion sizes.
• Over time skipping meals can actually slow down your metabolism making losing weight more difficult later.
• Skipping meals can leave you feeling low in energy, tired and needing a ‘pick me up’ food or beverage.
Instead, eat a healthy balance diet with small regular nutritious meals during the day. Keeping your portion small helps your body use up the fuel you’ve just provided it rather than having too much to store. Knowing that you’ll eat again soon can also be good for the mind as it knows it doesn’t have to wait too long between meals and you tend to eat less as a result.
Eating breakfast (breaks the fast) kicks in your metabolism and can help prevent insatiable hunger later in the day. So avoid skipping breakfast despite the fact it may mean you have to wake up a few minutes earlier in the morning!
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