5 things that happen to the body when you skip meals

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — You slept through breakfast , and during lunch you had a business meeting? Or did they go home and immediately went to sleep, because there was no longer enough strength for dinner (both for cooking and chewing)?

Despite the fact that your body’s reaction to the missed meal depends on age, health, diet and activity level, with regular repetition it will have certain consequences. What exactly – we tell below.

– You lose some weight –

Losing weight is one of the obvious consequences of consistently skipping meals. “In fact, skipping meals can incredibly help in losing weight, ” said nutritionist Brook Alpert, a Prevention nutritionist. – But there is a right and wrong way to do it. Because if you skip meals to limit or punish yourself , this is an unhealthy approach.”

Alpert explains that people who skip meals just to eat less per day tend to overeat at the next meal — and this is important to consider. On the other hand, the rejection of breakfast or the first dinner, as shown by a study in 2017, may be useful for patients with obesity.

– You will begin to overeat –

A study conducted in 2018 in the International Journal of Obesity found that refusing food during the day increases the overall level of hunger, which in turn can cause overeating and craving for alcohol.

Worst of all, you will overeat and after you stop limiting yourself. Just because the body, accustomed to gastronomic stress, will take time to return to normal.

– You will be more tired –

“This is due to a drop in blood glucose levels, ” says Frances Largeman-Roth, a nutrition expert and author of Eating in Color. – When we do not crush the brain, it can signal the body that it is time to relax. Including, in the cognitive sense.”

That is why if you are going to skip a meal, it is important to make sure that after a few hours you are not waiting for a report or a meeting where you need the most active brain.

– Your belly will become flatter –

Frances Largeman-Roth explains that another positive effect of missing meals may be that your stomach will be less swollen if you are prone to increased gas formation.

“Just because it gives the digestive system more time to process food that is already in your body,” the expert comments.

In addition to this, studies show that the rejection of one of the meals can be useful in terms of reducing the amount of fat in the abdomen and normalizing inflammatory markers in the body.

– You can extend your life –

According to a study in 2018 published in the journal Cell Metabolism, male mice that followed a balanced diet with skipping one of their meals turned out to be healthier and lived longer than mice that fed on the usual pattern.

The study also showed that mice that ate less experienced fewer age-related diseases, such as liver disease or metabolic disease. The latter, however, speaks of the advantages of not so much an omission in meals as a reduction in the size of portions. Remember this.


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