Are you still skipping meals? Eating only once a day?
Consider this: Food is your body’s fuel. Just like your vehicle, it needs quality fuel to function properly. Every day, you want to make sure you are fueling your body with 5-6 small meals per day.
Why so many meals? Because the frequency of eating the right balance of foods will keep you fueled, filled, & focused. Many times we like to wait until we “feel” hungry. We challenge you to shift this lifestyle habit. Hunger is your body’s way of letting you know you’ve waited too long to fuel up.
Challenge yourself to give your body the BEST opportunity to perform for you. #FuelRight #FuelOften
Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid skipping meals:
1. Skipping meals can have a negative impact on your metabolism: Fueling your body regularly helps support your metabolism throughout the day. We recommend eating 5-6 meals per day. Be sure to incorporate a regular activity regimen of both cardio and strength training. All factors help to support your metabolism & helps you to lose the weight & keep it off.
Bonus tip: STOP skipping breakfast. We can’t believe how many folks are still missing the most important meal of the day. Remember this, when you wake up in the morning, your body is on ‘E”. When you do not fuel your body, you are asking your body to give you 100% when you have not given it any fuel to function. Every morning, fuel up with great sources of fiber & protein. Trust us, you will see & feel the difference.
2. Skipping meals can lead to overeating or excessive snacking: How many times have you skipped a meal and before you realize it, you have snacked on just about everything? Snacks are an easy way to bridge the gap between each main meal. Using your snack time to get in fruit, veggies, nuts, yogurts, or other protein/fiber rich foods, is a great way to build healthy snacking habits.
3. Skipping meals can increase stress: When you skip meals, the body releases adrenaline and other hormones to help give you the energy you need to keep moving. The problem is, over time, this additional stress on the body can lead to more serious health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.
4. Skipping meals can lower blood sugar: Skipping meals can cause low blood sugar. In addition, skipping meals delays insulin response, which can lead to diabetes. Fuel up.
5. Skipping meals can cause you to GAIN WEIGHT: Skipping meals to lose weight is a temporary fix. Initially, you may lose weight by the cut in calories but eventually, your body will respond by holding on to foods you consume causing you to gain weight. To maintain a healthy weight and to work toward successful & sustainable weight loss, create a consistent eating pattern. Make healthier food choices, exercise regularly, and eat 5-6 times a day.
As always, thank you for time, love & support. We hope what we have shared has helped you. Be sure to share this info with family & friends.
-Eric & Maleka Beal
Eric and Maleka Beal are health coaches and co-founders of BetterChoices, a health & wellness company and social community focused on educating, advocating, and promoting better health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness education.