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Think Twice About Skipping Meals

Next time you think about skipping a meal because summer is around the corner and you want to look good in your bikini lounging by the pool, think again.  The truth is skipping meals is an unhealthy habit that promotes weight gain by slowing down your metabolism and putting your body in a state of hunger.

How does skipping meals decrease your metabolic rate? Our bodies are programmed to burn calories from the food we consume and convert them to glucose to give us energy and fuel throughout the day.  If we deprive ourselves of food then the speed (metabolic rate) by which our bodies burn calories and fat slows down.  Once this happens the body goes into a false state of starvation and begins to hold on to the fat in our body and looks for other fuel sources like glycogen found in our muscles and liver.  When this happens you begin to lose water weight giving you a false sense of weight loss.

So once you’ve skipped lunch you are hungry!  What I find next is you are prone to overeat at your next meal or indulge in snacking on high calorie and high fat foods that you have quick access to.  While you’ll experience an instant energy boost these snacks cause your blood sugar to spike when these high fat snacks are quickly digested by your body.  This can also cause more cravings and insensible eating as your blood sugar starts to crash.

For effective weight loss in addition to regular exercise, I recommend eating smaller regular meals throughout the day to stave off hunger and maintain your metabolism.  This will program your body to burn calories throughout the day by digesting the food you eat properly instead of storing fat and burning muscle for energy.

Some of my favorite snacks I keep handy with me throughout the day take little effort when it comes to preparation and taste great.  These include;

  • Protein Bars
  • Hummus and cucumbers for dipping
  • Apple slices and all-natural peanut butter
  • Celery and all-natural almond butter
  • Raw almonds and low-fat cheese sticks
  • Tuna packets and whole wheat crackers

For more information on my diet plan or for a complimentary training session contact me today at 480-238-6630.

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