There are many kinds of diet regimens that people follow in order to lose weight or to lose fat, or both. One of those diets is skipping meals, and the most common of meals to be missed is breakfast.
People have different reasons as to why they skip meals – to lose weight, to detoxify, to flatten their stomach and so many others. However, nutritionists and doctors argue that there can be risks in this. Here are some health effects if you engage in continuous irregular eating.
- Low energy
The main nutrient that your body needs in order for it to have energy is sugar. Sugar is your body’s energy and without it, your body can crash or be susceptible to other diseases.
You get sugar from fruits and carbohydrates. The sugar you get from carbohydrates is converted into glucose which is a key nutrient to balancing your blood sugar and your energy itself. Some people think that taking away carbohydrates from your diet is beneficial. This is the basis for low carb diets wherein people who want to lose weight cut down on carbs so their body burns the stored fats instead. However, doctors advise against this because in the long run, your body will need the glucose that carbohydrates give.
- Slow metabolism
Have you ever heard of intermittent fasting? This is a type of diet where you alternate between eating and fasting. The most common type of intermittent fasting is eating for an 8-hour period while fasting for 16 hours. Even if you have your last meal during dinner, you will end up skipping your breakfast or even your lunch meal.
Although there are merits to intermittent fasting, it still isn’t good for your health to skip meals because it takes a toll on your metabolism. The misconception here is that when you skip meals, your metabolism becomes faster because it learns to burn your fats faster. But this isn’t true because your metabolism will end up slowing down during the time that you are not eating. Imagine doing this for longer periods. By the time you eat your first meal, your metabolism will be slower than usual. A good analogy for this is when you start an engine after having it on full stop. You can’t accelerate right away, right? The same goes for your metabolism.
Hyperacidity is one of the effects of skipping meals. Whether you eat or not, your stomach produces digestive juices that help break down food into smaller particles, taking its minerals and nutrients. Too much of these digestive juices can turn into acid reflux or stomach ulcer.
Have you ever felt pain in your stomach after hearing it rumble? Most likely it’s because your stomach is empty and it has started producing digestive juices in its anticipation for your next meal. Yes, there are antacids that can help you get by, but if you continue experiencing hyperacidity, it can lead to more serious stomach illnesses.
- Vulnerability to disease increases
You already know that when you are hungry, your stomach aches, your body is running low on energy, and you feel weak. Take all these things together and they form the recipe for a weak immune system.
A weak immune system makes your body susceptible to diseases because your body doesn’t have enough nutrients to fight bacteria. At the same time, you don’t have the required nutrients to sustain your body. It isn’t enough to compensate for this by drinking vitamins every day. In fact, there is still no substitute for actual food.
With these bad effects in mind, you should shy away from skipping meals. If you want to lose weight, the best thing to do is to eat the right food, at the right amount, and at the right times. Yes, the progress will be relatively slow compared to when you cut down on your food intake, but doctors can assure you that you will reap the benefits in time.
There are many diets that promise instant weight loss and fat loss, but you have to be wary of these diets as they may be good only for the short term. At the end of the day, you don’t want to sacrifice your health now for your goal of losing weight.