You clock in at 7 a.m., get started on your looong to-do list for the day and jump from meeting to meeting. When you look at your watch, it’s suddenly 3 p.m. and you still haven’t had lunch. Does this sound familiar? Surely, it’s happened to all of us.
Since we’re all guilty of this, you’ve probably already heard about the long-term effects (aka hyperacidity and gastritis) of skipping meals. But did you know that not eating your meals on time can pose immediate risks to your body?
Health experts advise against skipping meals, and here are reasons why:
When you don’t eat on time, your blood sugar and energy levels may drop.
If there’s one thing that you’ve learned from your grade school science class, it’s that the energy that we use throughout the day comes from the food that we eat—food is your body’s fuel. And on the days that you don’t eat properly, your body runs “low on its immediate glucose supply.” According to the founder of NZ Nutrition, Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.N., this means that you’re lacking in blood sugar and would then make you “feel sluggish and weak.”
Aside from this, you’ll have a hard time concentrating “because your brain doesn’t have the fuel it needs to think straight.” You may also experience other low blood sugar symptoms, such as shakiness, sweatiness, and irritability. Yes, this is the reason why you feel extra sungit when you’re hangry (i.e. hungry plus angry).
Skipping meals makes you more prone to eating junk.
Skipping meals can also affect the choices you make when you finally find time to eat. In an interview with SELF, Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., stated that people who are hungry “tend to go for the carbs and sweets because those will raise their blood sugar.” While this may you feel better quickly, it might not be good for you in the long run. The energy boost that the carbs will provide is temporary and if you don’t load up on other nutrients—such as fat, protein, or fiber—you’ll most likely feel hungry again in no time.
Also, kapag nalipasan ka na ng gutom, there’s also a chance that you’ll eat too much during your next meal because your body wants to make up for the calories that you are lacking for the day. Overeating “usually happens because you're taking food in way too quickly” and it may cause nausea, constipation, bloating, and exhaustion.
So please, make sure to always eat on time! Set your alarms!
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