Many people think that skipping meals is the best way to lose weight. But rather than burn fat, skipping meals can cause more damage to your body. Check out this list to see why you need to stop passing on food and cherish every meal time.
One word: Halitosis
Or two, if you prefer the term bad breath. Bad breath is common among people who habitually skip meals. Chewing food increases saliva production and one of saliva’s main function is to help fight germs in your mouth which prevents bad breath. The less saliva you have, the more chances bacteria can grow causing bad breath. If you think gum or mints are easy solutions for bad breath, you’re wrong. Bad breath can mask worse conditions such as gastric cancer. Yikes!
Skipping meals can mess up your body clock.
In an article by the Huffington Post, Michael Stanclift, N.D., said that variety is an important part of any diet, because our bodies use amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to create the calming neurotransmitters that allow us to sleep. Not eating lessens the supply your body needs to keep yourself calm and collected. This just doesn’t apply to fasting, unhealthy choice of foods may also affect our sleeping patterns.
And mess with your metabolism.
Not eating regularly or skipping meals, can and will result to an imbalance with your metabolism. As you fast, your body slows your metabolism to conserve energy and survive. When we forfeit food, our body also becomes undernourished with glucose and glycogen – both key ingredients needed for energy production which we only get when we eat food and actually digest it. According to Medical Daily, while glucose may last for up to 24 or 48 hours, they will mostly be depleted at around six hours.
You’ll feel tired more often.
The problem with people going on a diet is that many have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the outcome. People who do workout but frequently skip meals end up more tired than those who do eat. Experts underline that a healthy diet works best when partnered with exercise and vice versa. Healthy diet and exercise are two primary components on the road to being healthy, never separate the two.
You won’t be able to think clearly.
If not eating enough can take its toll on your physical health, it makes sense that it also has consequences on your mental health. Not having enough energy can mess with not only your intellectual functions but also your emotional capacity. According to the Health and Natural World, mental decline starts within four to six hours of your last food intake. So if you want to make smarter decisions, eat.
After knowing how much damage it can do to your health, would you ever skip meals again? If you know smart ways to regulate your food intake, sound them off in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!