Are you skipping meals?

Skipping meals

Many chronic ‘weight watchers’ starve themselves into obesity.

People who stick to a nighttime eating pattern typically eat in excess of 2000 calories a day

Although many weight conscious individu als contend skipping meals is the best way to manage one’s weight, it may be one of the worst.

A “fast-all-day, feast-all-night” eating pattern is often seen in overweight individuals. Skipping breakfast and/or lunch usually results in people being so ravenously hungry when dinner rolls around that they eat significantly more than they would have if they had eaten during the day.

Furthermore, when overwhelming hunger strikes, people typically grab whatever food is available, rather than preparing a healthy, well-balanced meal. The cycle continues the following day when these guilt ridden calorie counters wake up with fresh resolve and minimal hunger, only to once again skip meals early in the day, and stuff themselves later in the evening.

Eating regular, well timed meals (including breakfast) helps stabilize blood sugar, which in turn quells hunger, and helps people control their weight.

Breakfast is important for other reasons as well. Many studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are far ahead of those who ship breakfast when it comes to nutrient intake and maintaining a lean physique.

Those who ate breakfast are also ahead in terms of mental and physical performance thanks to a better blood glucose (sugar) level. Your brain and nerve cells require glucose for energy, so low blood sugar impairs your ability to think and react.

For optimal energy and better weight control eat more meals not fewer. If it has been over 3 hours since your last meal, and your next one is at least an hour away then opt for a healthy snack. (Snack food doesn’t have to be junk food.)

Use snacks to help round out your diet by eating the foods your body needs more of. Be a smart snacker: Combine fruit, vegetables, or whole grains (pretzels, tortilla chips, bread) with some lean protein..
According to Barry Miller, M.D., a nationally recognized obesity specialist many chronic weight watchers starve themselves into obesity.

Here’s why:

1. Skipping meals signals the body that a famine is eminent. Your body responds by decreasing its calorie needs by 150 to 200 calories per day. (How many pounds will you gain each month if you cut your calorie needs by 200 calories per day, but don’t change your energy expenditure?)

Concurrently, your body produces more lipase, a fat storage enzyme, to ensure that you don’t deplete your fat reserves too quickly.

 2. When people become physiologically famished their body craves calorie dense foods.

People who stick to a nighttime eating many chronic ‘weight watchers’ starve themselves into obesity. pattern typically eat in excess of 2000 calories a day— far too much for the evening hours.

3. After denying themselves food all day, nighttime eaters reward themselves for their resistance. Once they get their minds into the reward mode it diminishes their resistance to overeating.

 

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