Skipping meals regularly has negative effects and does more harm to their body. It can also have long-term side effects on the body and could even lead to the development of some chronic diseases. So what exactly happens when you start skipping meals regularly?
1. When you go too long without eating, you blood sugar takes a dip, signaling your body to start producing cortisol. Cortisol, commonly referred to as the "stress hormone," is released to try to help regulate that dip in blood sugar, but it's also creating a stress response in the body. This can not only leave you feeling anxious or depressed, but also moody, irritable and frazzled.
2. You'll feel tired and sluggish - Skipping meals and not consuming enough food during the day can literally make your head spin. You might start to feel dizzy, have low energy, and even feel like you might pass out. This is due to the drop in blood glucose .
3. Weight loss - It’s extremely hard to be at a caloric surplus when you’re eating one time per day. Even if your one meal is not “healthy” by normal standards, you’re not taking in as many calories as you would if were eating all day long .
4. Your Metabolism Slows - Sometimes skipping a meal can have the opposite of its intended effect. When you skip meals, your body doesn't act as efficiently as it should, and your metabolism slows down. So, what was intended as a shortcut to losing weight can actually make it harder to lose weight due to a slower metabolism. Your body wants you to eat on a consistent basis and will reward you with a faster metabolism.
5. When you skip meals and continue being hungry, your stomach produces digestive juices which are highly acidic in nature. They usually help in breaking down what we eat. But while starving, the produced juices start showing their effects by eroding the stomach line. It results in acidity, bloating, ulcers, etc. For a good digestive system, you must eat at least 5-6 times a day.
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