Skipping meals equals to skipping good health

Skipping meals equals to skipping good health

skipping_mealsSkipping meals is commonly seen among students and newly joined employees fresh out of college. This is a habit developed in teenage years and carried well into adulthood. Despite of knowing the consequences, this practice still continues.

Let us have a look at why it is harmful to skip meals and the consequences are as follows-

  • Low energy levels
  • Poor metabolism
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Poor concentration and performance at work
  • Memory lapses
  • Fainting spells
  • Poor disease resistance
  • Weak bones
  • Poor quality skin, hair and nails
  • Mood swings

Mainly meals are missed due to poor sleep-wake habits such as sleeping very late and waking up late and giving an excuse “I have no time to eat breakfast”. You cannot keep make excuses with your health.

When you skip meals, you go on a ‘fasting mode’. For example, Skipping breakfast gives you poor energy levels. You are anyways in a fasting mode 2-3 hours after dinner and through out the night. Your body goes through repair at night and is in a very low energy mode. That is why the first meal is called breakfast which means breaking the fast.

What about other meals? Skipping lunch and dinner too is not going to help.It is a common misconception that skipping meals will help you to lose weight. But this is not true. In fact ,if you eat very less, it can lead to fainting and this is not a great way to lose weight. Or the effect can be quite opposite. Skipping meals can lead to food cravings, binge eating and weight gain.

When you do not eat for a prolonged period of time, like when you skip a meal, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down to preserve energy. This means that your body will compensate for the inadequate calories by burning fewer calories than it normally would. When your body goes into starvation mode it does not draw from its fat stores for energy, and this makes it virtually impossible to lose weight. Once you do eat, your body will store those calories, rather than use them, because it expects you to starve it again. Now you know why you remember a pastry or a bag of chips when you are extremely hungry as you have not eaten for a long time and also what it can do to you.

Eating less will lead to poor metabolism and this will lead to poor calorie burning.

Now how can you eat to get good health-

To execute a good performance and to remain alert at work, Eat small meals during the day. Instead of 2-3 large meals, eat six small meals in a day. This will keep your blood sugar stabilized and will help you to keep burning calories through out the day.

Try to wake up early than your usual time and eat breakfast. Eat snacks such as nuts, channa, milk which provide protein and also fruits which will help you to stabilize your blood sugars. Eat lunch and dinner approximately at the same timings and do not skip dinner saying you will just eat fruits or plainly just skip it.

A good meal plan will help you eat right and do not forget to add a 30 minute exercise routine, no matter how busy you are.

This will keep you fresh, alert and brimming with energy and also keep your bosses happy with your work!!!

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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