If you skip meals, you’ll eat less calories, and less calories means weight loss, right?
Wrong! So wrong.
Yes, to lose weight you need to be burning more calories than you’re putting in, but there’s a little more to it than that.
Sure you’ll lose weight in the short term, but you’re not teaching yourself and your body GOOD, HEALTHY habits, so inevitably that weight will come right back and will be much harder to lose the second (or third or fourth) time around. Additionally, studies show that this weight loss may even come from MUSCLE, not fat. Yikes.
You run the risk of having a serious shortage in the nutrients your body requires for survival. Not only that, you’re more likely to cause a period of binging later which is probably filled with greasy, calorie dense, nutrient lacking, fattening food. So much for that “calorie deficit”.
You’ll also be short on energy because your calories are too low (pre-binge, of course), which means you’re more likely to skip any sort of physical exercise. Add lack of exercise on top of the possible overwhelming amount of calories you may eat to make up for your period of not eating and you’ve got yourself on a road to putting on even MORE weight.
Eating several smaller meals throughout the day will help keep your blood sugar stable, meaning no crazy peaks or dips in energy, you won’t need to suffer through feeling hungry, you’ll be giving your body the nutrients it needs and you will give yourself a safe, steady journey to shedding some pounds.