What Happens To Your Body When You Skip Meals

by Vanessa Luis

You shouldn't be asking yourself, "Does skipping meals help you lose weight?" Weight-loss isn't the side effect of skipping meals that will take a serious toll on your life. From developing diseases to ruining your metabolism, there are a number of scary things that happen to your body when you skip meals. 

Z Living Hosts JD Roth Skipping Meals.

Our new original series The Big Fat Truth deals with the issue of skipping meals, when Jill, a public affairs rep, confesses to during the first season. The show's host, nutritionist and co-creator of The Biggest Loser, JD Roth addressed the situation with some wisdom. He told Jill, "Starving yourself is not only horrible for your health, it's not going to provide the weight loss that you want, because your body is going to panic." He went on to talk about exercising more, and eating healthier as a better means for losing weight, finding happiness, and actually getting to eat more. 

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Skipping Meals Is A Serious Issue. 

According to a study from the American Psychological Association more than 1,000 teens, 23 percent admitted to skipping meals. If we are being frank, most of those teens began the habit under the belief that skipping meals helps with weight loss. Sadly, they are overlooking the laundry list of dangers that come with skipping meals. 

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What Happens To Your Body When You Skip Meals. 

You will be surprised to know what your body actually goes through, when you skip meals. In addition to the ever-present hunger pangs, mood swings and lack of motivation that come with skipping meals, your body will feel these repercussions:

You Get Washed Out. 

When you skip a meal, there's a dip in your blood sugar levels that not only causes you to slow down, but also messes with your insulin levels. This makes you feel unwell and drained.

Your Body Holds Onto More Fat. 

When you deprive your body of calories for long, your system shifts into starvation mode and instead of burning fat, it begins to store it in order to conserve energy. This defeats the a common purpose of skipping meals. 

Your Metabolism Slows Down Dramatically.

Again defeating any weight-loss hopes of meal-skippers, a slowed metabolism makes the meals you do eat more harmful than they should be.

Your Mood Gets Worse.

A lack of nutrients associated with skipping meals affects your cortisol levels and mood. Side effects include feeling foggy and irritated all day. 

You Will Binge Eat. 

Skipping meals affects your hunger levels to the point where you might not be able to judge your hunger, this is a common cause for overeating. 

You Could Develop A Life-Threatening Disease. 

If you skip meals on a regular basis, your blood sugar will fall low on a regular basis, and it could set you up for the development of diabetes, later in life.

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So, Please, Don't Skip Meals. 

There you have it; skipping meals could slow down your metabolism, store more fat and cause you to overeat. And lets not forget the mood swings and energy loss that you have to put up with. If you want to lose weight, eat healthier meals through the day. Ensure you get a good dose of nutrients, proteins, healthy carbs and monounsaturated fats. Team that with a good workout, and you will see better and faster results, without having to starve.

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