What happens to the body if you miss one meal?

Slept through breakfast or had a “business meeting” for lunch? Or, having return home after work, immediately went to bed being too exhausted? That’s the ways how we often can miss one of the meals. But hardly anyone ever thought about what the consequences it may has. And although the body reacts to the missed food for the most part, depending on age, health status, diet and activity level, but if this “fasting” is repeated all the time, it may have a certain results. And which ones exactly we are going to share with you.

Weight loss

One of the most obvious results is weight loss. Of course, the number of lost grams or kilograms depends on the initial data, but, according to nutritionist Brooke Alpert, eating gaps can help enormously in the process of losing weight. But, this should be done correctly. After all, people who miss the daily intake of food, with the aim of punishing themselves or limiting, are risking to eat much more than they should during the next intake. And this nuance should be considered. In general, to punish yourself with the help of starvation is a fundamentally wrong approach, because you should treat your body with care. However, at the same time, studies in 2017 confirmed that people who are obese such refusing of breakfast or dinner will, indeed, be very useful.

Binge eating

The reverse side of the coin: as we have said, having missed one meal there is a high probability to overeat at the next time. According to the result of one of the studies described in the International Journal of Obesity, if you refuse to eat during the day, the level of hunger begins to rise, and this, respectively, often provokes overeating and, in addition, can also cause a craving for alcohol. But the saddest thing is that even if you stop limiting yourself, you will still overeat for some time, because having gone through such gastronomic stress, the body will need time to adapt again.

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