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Overeating VS. Under Eating and the Benefits of Eating on a Schedule

Updated on March 10, 2013

Under Eating

Eating is an important part of everyday routines. Under eating is done for various reasons including losing weight, depression, or just because someone is to busy.

Muscles and Under Eating

Muscles may not turn into fat but one can lose muscle mass. To build and maintain muscles a person would have to eat a healthy amount of calories and workout. Working out will not keep muscle mass if you are not eating.

Nutrients and Under Eating

Nutrition disorders like anorexia nervosa can occur if one is not eating the proper foods. Malnutrition also may occur if a person is not eating the right amounts of fats, carbs, proteins, etc.

Calories and Under Eating

You know those little things that kind of happen on its own? Like, breathing, digesting, and other things you do not have to think about. Is all done because of energy we provide through calories. Without providing our bodies with energy we make it harder for our body to help us breath, and digest.

Energy and Under Eating

Since energy is given through calories you may find yourself with unusual thoughts and feelings as well as feeling weak and tired.

Under Eating and the Effects

Reproductive Problems

Low Bone Density


Wasted Body Tissue

Suppressed Immune Function

Low Blood Pressure

Hair Loss


Irregular Heart Rhythms

and Death

What happens to the body when there is no fat to burn?

During a workout the muscles are undergoing stress causing cells damage. This process is important because in order to prepare the body and muscles for stress tissues need to break down. Muscle tissue is broken down so that it can rebuild again. Once the muscles has been rebuilt the muscle becomes stronger. Which also allows a person to increase exercises over time. Like, doing more pushups or lifting heavier weights.

Muscles are built through energy. Energy is calories. No calories means no stronger muscles were built in the process.

Now take a moment to think: What is the most important part of rebuilding muscle? Eating!

Without eating you damage the muscle resulting in a diminished muscle mass since the body has n calories to burn it will go else where. Sometimes the body will attack muscle mass-- and no increase will be made. You probably would have been better sitting on your recliner watching TV.


Overeating is often done because someone is bored, or depressed; even out of a bad habit. There are many reasons one should be stopped before the habit gets out of control.

Muscles and Overeating

The calories that are consumed need to be burned off by being active and exercising. If you are not active your muscle mass may begin to shrink; muscles may even get easily strained.

  • Overeating piles on fat which can be harsh to bones and joints; causing muscle problems.

Overeating and Nutrients

Overeating can cause nutrient deficiencies. Especially if you find yourself eating one type of a certain food group or just junk food.

Fats and Overeating

Eating to many saturated fats can cause, weight gain, clogged arteries, raises bad cholesterol, heart disease, heart problems like blocked valves, blood clotting in thinned arteries, and even strokes.

Trans Fats risks for cancer and high blood pressure. This type of fat also raises cholesterol levels and alters cell membranes to function poorly. Trans fats should be avoided as much as possible.

Monounsaturated fats is a good fat that can be eaten without limits. Unless told otherwise by a physician.

Calories and Overeating

Over consumption of calories can cause a person to age as well as gain weight.

If you eat and are not active your body cannot burn off extra consumed calories.

Overeating and the Effects


Heart Disease



Chronic Fatigue

Irregular Menses


Kidney Disease


Bone Deterioration

and Stroke

A Meal Schedule

Overeating is hard to overcome. Trust me I have been there. Stressful times arise and all I want to do is indulge in sweets and potato chips. However, it is time to defeat hunger problems and eat healthier. Whether it is fitting another meal in or taking a few steps away from the kitchen. The best way to break habits is stick to a meal and snack schedule. Its not always easy but once you stick to the schedule you will find that it works.

Reasons to Keep a Meal Schedule

  • No Over Eating

  • Eating More Meals

  • Gets Rid of Bad Eating Habits

Watching what you eat is a good start to lose weight or to feel awake and energized. Three meals and two to three small snacks a day is all a person needs in a day a schedule will help stick to this plan.

A meal should contain a protein, starch, vegetable, fruit, and a dairy. Dairy can be skipped with a meal if replaced during a small snack.

My Schedule for Meals and Snacks


Meal Ideas

Egg (omelet)
Apple Slices
Baked Cinnamon Apples

Snack Ideas

Morning Snack
Afternoon Snack
Evening Snack
Smoothie with frozen fruit, yogurt and juice
Carrots and celery with Blue Cheese Dressing
Frozen Yogurt Topped With Fresh Fruit


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      2 years ago

      thx im so happy i foind this

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      Red Cucumber 

      3 years ago

      Helpful hint: There is a typo (to should be too.)

      Those who are not able to follow this, might try 12 step programs such as: FA or Food Addicts Anonymous. You have a schedule, which does not include flour, wheat or sugar ever. If you under eat, this is your program as well. I am still struggling, but I am going to a meeting tonight.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is great to show both sides of the problem, and I am currently eating too much. This is very informative hub as to the health risks for doing one or he other, and I guess it is a lifetime change for correct balance and making wise choices in what we put into our mouth or what we do not. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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