Many of us want to be healthier, eat healthier, and make better decisions that we might be able to stay in shape or even lose weight. Unfortunately, that can lead to fads and diet trends that aren’t always good for you. Some might provide short term results but be bad for you in the long run. One of these trends is fasting, skipping meals, or “intermittent fasting”.
While intermittent fasting can have some health benefits, be sure to consult a doctor and know how to do it without losing important nutrients or risking your health. More often than not, you might skip a meal because the day got away from you and you’re just too busy. We’ve all been there. However, there are some negative side effects to skipping meals.
Losing weight from muscle instead of fat.
While occasional fasting might provide some immediate results, the danger is that sometimes the weight you lose might be from muscle rather than fat. If you skip a meal, your body might go into starvation or survival mode and actually store the calories you consume.
You could get sick.
When you don’t eat, your body’s immune system becomes compromised which increases the likelihood of you getting sick. Your body needs regular nutrients in order to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and hormones like insulin.
Low blood sugar.
By skipping meals, your body might not perform as well as it normally does. Typically this causes people to experience a “crash”. Many might become irritable, cranky, and suddenly tired. You also won’t be at your best given that often low blood sugar can make your brain feel cloudy making it hard to work and focus.
You’re more likely to splurge on junk food.
If you think skipping breakfast or lunch will keep you from overeating, you might be causing the opposite effect. When your body is in survival mode, it begins to crave foods – foods that typically aren’t good for you.