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Can You Lose Weight Quickly by Skipping Meals?

Updated on January 12, 2014

Those who have tried to go on a strict diet in the past know how difficult it is to sustain it for a long period of time. To lose weight quickly, one must plan out an effective workout routine and a strict but healthy diet. One thing that gets asked often is the effects of skipping meals. Theoretically, you will definitely lose weight if you skip meals but you have to be aware of some of the long-term consequences. In this article, we examine what these consequences are. Whichever route you take, we highly recommend that you don't pick short-term gains over long-term damages. Even if you are in a desperate situation to lose weight, skipping meals is the last thing you want to do in order to achieve your objectives.

Effect #1: Metabolism slow downs

People who have a hard time losing weight envy those who have a high metabolism. Even if they don't do a single exercise, it appears they never gain weight because the body does it for them naturally. If you have a reasonable metabolic rate, it is important to consider how much of an impact meal skipping can have over your metabolism. When you eat a meal, your body goes into active mode and starts to break down into smaller, useful substances that can either be stored or used immediately as energy. When you skip a meal, your body essentially goes into 'sleep' mode. When this happens, your body starts to think ahead. The natural response is for the body to think that you are about to go into starvation mode. Hence, your metabolism decreases and you are no longer burning as food as you used to. As you can see, this will have a detrimental effect over the long-term as your metabolism will decrease significantly. Therefore, from a long-term perspective, it is never a good idea to skip a meal. Instead of skipping a meal, it is better to spread out your meals. Instead of having three main meals a day, have five small meals. That way, there is never point when you will be extremely hungry and tempted to reach out for a snack or even a big meal.

Effect #2: Lack of nutrition

Your body needs all sorts of minerals to function properly. If you skip a meal, you increase the chances of not filling the daily quota required for certain minerals. For example, you may not be getting enough vitamin C to your system. Vitamin C is very important because it helps your body fight off bacterial infections. When you plan out a diet, it is extremely important that you are not sacrificing any of these important minerals.

Effect #3: Blood sugar

Another bad effect meal skipping can have is a drop in blood sugar levels. Some of the products that arise as a result of metabolism ends up in the blood stream. Therefore, your blood sugar level will decrease if you aren't eating your meals. What effect can this have? You will start to feel tired and dizzy. You are also setting up yourself for conditions such as diabetes by continuing to skip meals on a regular basis.

So if it isn't a good option to skip meals, how else can you lose weight through dieting? People who have been extremely successful at losing weight have a well-thought-out dietary plan. It takes time to create a proper plan because you need to measure the amount of calories you are consuming per meal. You don't need an exact figure. A rough figure is good enough to help you plan out a good diet. There are a lot of great resources online that tell you how much calories each ingredient contains. There are two main factors you should focus on: calories and nutrition. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Don't forget that your body naturally burns off calories through normal activities such as breathing, and even when pumping blood through the body. At the same time, you need to make sure you are getting a good variety of minerals in your body. A good way to start your dietary planning is by listing out all the foods that have to be in your diet. For example, you want to fit in some fruits and vegetables, either as snacks or as part of the main meals. You want to reduce the amount of flavored beverages you drink. If you can, stick with water at all times. Some foods can be quite deceiving in terms of the benefits and risks they provide. For example, although orange juice contains a lot of great nutrients, it also contains a lot of sugar. With careful planning, you will be able to lose weight quickly, without having to sacrifice your overall well-being.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for sharing this great info! It's a common misconception that eating less food will help you lose weight. In fact, you may lose a bit in the beginning, but it's not lasting and it's very unhealthy. Instead, eating the right foods combined with regular activity will produce better results. Voting up!