Haven’t we all tried this: skipped a meal or two right before the big day, in an attempt to fit into that body-flattering LBD?

While some may feel this helps with instant weight loss, you’ll be surprised to know what the body actually goes through when you skip meals. Hunger pangs, fatigue and mood swings are in order, but here’s a closer look at the repercussions:

The food you eat breaks up in two parts; one is fats, that get stored in the body if not used, and the other is sugar, that enters your bloodstream and fuels your system. 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 all day. If you continue doing so on a regular basis, it could set you up for the development of diabetes later in life too.

Additionally, 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. Now we’re sure you wouldn’t want that, would you? Plus your metabolism slows down dramatically, so when you eat your next meal, it doesn’t burn off calories as efficiently.

Lack of nutrients affects your cortisol levels and mood. This makes you feel foggy and irritated all day. Have you noticed yourself being moody lately? And finally when you break your fast and eat, there’s a possibility you might not be able to judge your hunger, and end up overeating.

There you have it, skipping meals could slow down your metabolism, store more fat and cause you to overeat. And let’s not forget the mood swing and energy loss that you have to put up with.

If you want to lose weight, eat healthier meals throughout the day. Ensure you get a good dose of nutrients, proteins, healthy carbs and monounsaturated fats. Team that up with a good workout and you will see better and faster results, without having to starve.

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.