You’ve heard the “Three Square Meals a Day” lecture more times than you can count. You know that logically you should have breakfast, lunch and dinner with small yet satisfying snacks in between. You understand that it is the healthiest way to maintain or even lose weight. But you’re not so sure you buy it. Shouldn’t skipping meals, an act that eliminates calories and fat from your day, slim your waist more quickly than eating regularly?
In theory, yes, but in reality, not necessarily. Skipping breakfast, lunch and everything in between often turns dinner into a nonstop binge. Your deprived body is desperate for sustenance, so you eat everything in sight. The calories you eliminated, reappear, and you have what you normally would have had in one day, in one sitting. On top of that, your metabolism slows in the face of such strict limitations, making the fat you consume more difficult to burn. And as if that weren’t bad enough, recent research has found that this type of dieting elevates fasting glucose levels and delays insulin response, both of which can lead to diabetes.
So forget skipping meals, particularly if you’re going to make up for the loss at dinner. It won’t work for you. You’ll be no skinnier and you’ll certainly be no healthier. The best way is, as stated above, three square meals a day. Have breakfast. Have lunch. Have dinner. If you’re hungry in between, have a snack. Monitor your calorie intake. Make sure, if you are attempting to lose weight, that you are burning more than you are ingesting but do so without cutting out a vital part of your day. Eat, and eat well.