Why Skipping Meals is a Sin
Skipping meals to induce lesser calorie intake does not do you any good. All it does it slow down your metabolism, cause muscle loss and triggers the body’s starvation responses. Especially if you skip breakfast!
Skipping breakfast and making up for it during the day and then going to bed encourages your body to store fat because you are training your body to go without fuel for more than 12 hours. This invariably causes muscle loss and metabolic slow down!
Frequent Meals is the Secret to Successful Fat Loss
- Speeds up the Metabolism due to the Heat Transfer Effect of FoodEach and every bodily process requires energy " the pumping of the heart, breathing, blood circulation, food digestion and absorption, cell regeneration, thinking, even sleeping. Some diet and exercise programs refer to the process with an intimidating term, "thermogenic."
Some foods have higher thermic effects and low calorie density than others. Green vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, okra are some examples of food that have high thermic effect and low calorie density ' they can not be stored as fat because their calorie content are burned off just to digest them. For a successful fat and weight loss program, it is best that your diet consist mostly of foods with high thermic effect. The higher the thermic property of food the better.
- Inhibits CravingsEating frequently makes yourself less likely to have cravings because you always feel full and you do not suffer from a prolonged gap between meals.
More importantly, the bad habit of missing meals is detrimental to the cardiovascular system and is contributory to the escalation of atherosclerotic disease, high LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream and obesity.
- Maintains High Energy LevelsFrequent meals in small amounts and the right types of carbohydrates and lean proteins provide more energy and stabilize your blood sugar and insulin levels. Eating small meals every 3 hours keeps the muscle’s glycogen levels high and provides plenty of energy to fuel high-intensity exercise.
Eating carbohydrates in small and regulated quantities regulates the release of insulin because the more carbohydrates you consume, the more insulin the pancreas produce. Overproduction of insulin removes sugar from the blood and causes hypoglycemia which cause fatigue, intense hunger and cravings.