Skipping meals has been a weight loss FAD for many years but are people really aware that the negatives outweigh the positives?
There are many negatives to skipping meals and just a few include the possibility of developing diabetes in later life and problems with your metabolism.
Many of us have busy lives and it is hard for us to eat at regular intervals. We either skip meals due to the fact we don’t get time to eat or due to the fact we are on a diet and believe this will work.
It is very important to keep sugar levels stable throughout the day.
Skipping meals will cause your sugar levels to drop which will not only cause side effects such as tiredness etc but will also cause problems with your insulin which in turn can cause diabetes in later life.
It will also cause problems with your metabolism which is an important function of the body which breaks down the food we eat. When we skip meals your metabolism has nothing to do so when you finally have something to eat it works at a slower rate which means some of the food that has not been broken down is stored as FAT.
Your body is also playing catch up throughout the day and while in work you will find it hard to concentrate, you will experience mood swings and fatigue.
You have all heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and I strongly agree with that statement.
When you wake up your sugar levels have dipped so please have a nutritious breakfast such as fruit and Greek yoghurt to balance sugar levels.
On the other hand, it is also very important we do not let our sugar levels spike (elevate). If our sugar levels are stable then our body can work perfectly but if our diets are made up of a large amount of processed carbohydrates then our sugar levels will spike. As a result, we promote FAT storage.
- Remember CAVEMAN – If it came from a tree, from the ground, ran, swam walked or flew eat it, otherwise BIN IT.
- When you wake up your sugar levels are low, balance them by having a nutritious breakfast such as Greek Yoghurt and Fruit.
- Be ORGANISED – Prepare food the night before and take to work with you the next day.
- Ditch the tea and coffee and convert to Tulsi Tea. It not only helps to burn fat but will also reduce stress and improve sleep patterns.
- Throughout the day eat low GI carbohydrates (slowly absorbed).
- After a workout eat high GI carbohydrates (quickly absorbed).
- Ensure you get protein and vegetables (green leafy vegetables) into most meals. Protein is very important for muscle repair.
- Low fat MEANS get fat. Anything low fat is pumped full of sweeteners.
- Drink 3 liters of bottled water a day.
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