What Happens to Your Body When You Skip A Meal?
It makes perfect sense. You want to lose weight. That can happen if you eat less. So your road to weight loss will be a lot easier if you just skip a meal every day.
Except for the reality of skipping a meal is that the risk of gaining weight is similar to your chances of losing weight.
4 Things that Happen to Your Body When You Skip a Meal
Your body is a complex series of systems that are generally all focused on one overriding goal. To stay alive. If anything comes even close to threatening your existence, like the sight of a hungry grizzly bear in your path, powerful survival instincts, like suddenly having the strength to run faster than ever before, take hold to keep you alive.
With that in mind, here’s just some of what happens when you skip breakfast – or any other meal.
- You’ll Have Hunger Pangs – Your body likes things to be normal. It will notice that it didn’t get the nutrients and energy it needs at the usual time. So it will release hormones to make you feel hungry.
- You May Feel More Tired than Usual – When it suffers an energy shortage because you skipped lunch, your body lowers your blood sugar levels to conserve energy. If you already crash in the afternoons, prepare for it to be worse if you skip a meal.
- You Might Overeat – Not eating a particular meal can make you eat more later. First, missing the meal puts the body into a stress mode as it deals with the situation. By itself, stress increases hunger levels. When you add to it the hunger pangs and mindless eating, you can end up consuming more calories after skipping a meal than if simply ate the meal.
- You’ll Have Weight Gain – This may not be noticeable after missing just one meal, but it happens nonetheless. When the expected fuel-up doesn’t happen, another thing your body does is to start storing energy for later on. And it stores that energy in your fat cells.
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