It is a fairly common idea among people that skipping meals will lead to weight loss. The truth, however, is the exact opposite. Skipping meals can be bad for your health and can even cause you to gain weight because it robs your body of nutrients. Moreover, not only is skipping breakfast and lunch harmful; there are also many side effects to skipping dinner.
Ladies, be careful when trying to lose weight. Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Dinner is an essential part of your daily diet as it ensures the body gets the nutrients and calories it needs. Also, skipping meals once in a while won’t hurt you, but doing it frequently is risky. So, eat a light supper rather than skipping it altogether.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Endocrine Society also indicates that a “heavy breakfast and light dinner” diet can help you stay fit and well. It can also prevent obesity and high blood sugar.
What Happens When You Skip Dinner to Lose Weight?
Well, it has become quite common to associate skipping meals with weight loss, but if you want to have a healthy body, you have to question that approach.
Health Shots contacted Dr Divya Gopal, Consultant – Dietitian/Nutritionist, Maternity Hospital, Banashankari, Bangalore to find out what happens to the body when we skip dinner.
Dr Gopal says, “You must have heard of the saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper’, but eating a good, nutrient-dense diet is more important than you think. You need to rethink conventional weight loss advice that tells you to take care of the calories, which people often misinterpret as skipping calories. Skipping meals, especially dinner, can be quite hard on your health.
7 side effects of skipping dinner, according to Dr. Gopal:
1. Energy levels will drop
This one is pretty obvious. Low calorie content means your body has less fuel to run the machine. A lack of sufficient calories will leave you exhausted.
2. May affect your body’s built-in hunger signals
The release of the hormone leptin tells your body to stop eating when you’re full, while the hormone ghrelin lets you know when you’re hungry. These hormones won’t work properly if you choose to ignore hunger cues.
3. Serious cravings for sugar and carbs
Cravings are a consequence of ignoring your hunger cues and having low blood sugar. You will start craving more sugar and carbs as they are both known to give quick bursts of energy. And you force your body to settle for the bare minimum.
4. Irregular digestion
Skipping dinner can lead to nausea, diarrhea, or even constipation. You can fall into a vicious cycle of skipping meals and then gorging yourself.
5. High risk of eating disorders
People who skip meals are more vulnerable to eating disorders. They increase their risk of having disorders like anorexia, bulimia or even orthorexia.
6. Effects on your sleep cycle
Skipping dinner can affect your sleep cycle so much that you can become sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on your immunity, mood, energy, and metabolism.
7. You may feel anxious
Those who often attempt to skip dinner may develop a nighttime habit, most likely consisting of junk food. Additionally, eating junk food increases levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body, which increases the risk of mental health problems.