Nutrition Expert’s Tip of the Month – June

Skipping Meals?

Are you skipping meals to try and lose weight? Have you skipped meals prior to going to a big party that has lots of food? Have you skipped meals because you are so busy and you don’t have time? Have you skipped breakfast because you woke up late or weren’t hungry?

This is a poor habit that will sabotage your health goals, and is sure to reduce your energy and cause you to gain weight.
During the night when you are sleeping, your body is in fasting mode. Your metabolism is slow so as not to burn up your energy stores. When you wake up, your metabolism remains slow throughout the entire day unless you jumpstart it with a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast keeps your body in fasting mode and you will then store much of what you eat the rest of the day rather than using it for energy. This, of course, leads to weight gain.

Skipping other meals, like lunch and dinner causes low blood sugar which increases food cravings, especially sugar cravings and promotes poor eating habits. You will eventually become very hungry and it can lead to over-eating and/or binging. When you do “save your calories” and choose to not eat prior to a big party or event, it causes your metabolism to slow again and the calories you do eventually consume are headed to storage, rather than used for energy.

In other words, one of the worst things you can do is skip meals. Everyone needs energy, especially students, and to avoid the “freshman 15,” you have to make time to eat healthy, balanced meals.

~Natalie Butler
Nutrition Expert, Campus Calm

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