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Myth or Fact: Skipping Meals Can Help You Lose Weight

Jun 28, 2010

Skipping meals isn't the healthiest option for your diet plan. Proper nutrition and exercise are the keys to any successful weight-loss program. However, there are several misconceptions about skipping meals. Here are the myths and facts about skipping meals:

Myth: Skipping Meals Can Help You Lose Weight

Fact: If your body isn't getting enough nourishment, it begins storing fat. Your metabolism also slows down to reserve energy. This is often called "starvation mode". You can lose some weight, but when this happens you end up eating a lot more later on in the day. The weight you lost will just come back.

Continue to eat three meals per day and two healthy snacks if you're watching calories and want to increase your metabolism. It's also recommended that you eat five or six smaller meals during the day. Smaller portions are better digested and used by your body. Eating a well-proportioned meal of fruits, vegetables and lean meats keeps your metabolism in high gear.

Myth: Skipping Late Meals

Fact: Eating late isn't a problem if you eat something light. People who skip dinner often end up eating high-calories snacks and junk food later in the night or overeating in the morning.

This is a tough call for people who work late. One of the worse things you can do is not eat when you haven't eaten since lunch. You can go to bed feeling okay, but you'll most likely wake up feeling starved. This leads to consuming a bigger breakfast. The problem may become worse if you grab a bite at a fast food place on the way to work. Fast food, even if it is breakfast, is typically loaded with unhealthy calories and fat. Avoid this by grabbing a healthy bowl of cereal or a breakfast bar at home.

Myth: Eat a Large Breakfast, Skip Lunch

Fact: Eating a large breakfast increases your energy level for the morning. It's a good thing if you have an active day planned, but skipping lunch because of this isn't a good idea. Your body needs the noon energy to keep going until dinner. Without it, you may begin to feel tired and sluggish in the afternoon. By dinnertime you may end up eating large portions of everything, including dessert.

Myth: Drinking Water and Skipping Lunch

Fact: Drinking water does curb your appetite and leaves you feeling full. The only problem with this concept is using water as a meal replacement.

Although water doesn't have calories or fat, it can't provide you with calcium, vitamins and minerals like a healthy snack or meal can. There are some nutrients that do help with weight loss and your diet plans. Vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B6 help with your metabolism and energy production. Eggs, tuna, green leafy vegetables and wheat bread are some of the foods that provide these vitamins.

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