Mar 8, 2013

Why We Shouldn't Skip a Meal

Skipping meals will never help to loose weight. And yet, we all do it. After a big lunch, I'm always tempted to skip dinner. Haven't we all had those decadent dinners where the next morning we are still full?!  

I'll have one of each, thanks. And don't forget my mimosa!
It's so beautiful I'll have to try it all...
While we are all entitled to splurge every once in a while, we must learn to forgive ourselves and get right back on track. This means NOT skipping our next meal. Even though we might not be hungry, (perhaps we're feeling a little guilty about indulging in our previous meal) it's still important to eat. When we skip meals, our body goes into starvation mode. Not knowing when it will be nourished again, the body will store excess fat... just in case of a famine.

 This wreaks havoc on our metabolism. Metabolism is key here. Think of our metabolism like any muscle in our body, if we don't use it, we loose it! When we eat, our metabolism works to break down food for digestion. However, when we skip a meal, not only does our body think we need to store up for winter, but our metabolism will work slower than normal... No thank you.

To combat a slow metabolism, try to eat a healthy snack every 3-4 hours. Rice cakes, apples & almond butter, carrots, hummus & veggies, and almonds are some of my favorite snacks to munch on throughout the day. 

We all have guilty pleasures and let's be honest, we binge every once in awhile :) Don't beat yourself up, forgive yourself, and do not skip your next meal! What are your favorite snacks to keep your metabolism on track?

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