The Benefits of Skipping the Occasional Meal

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We are always told that it’s not healthy to skip meals because we’ll become too hungry, but for some of us, skipping a meal might be a good thing.

You work out hard. You eat healthy. You try to be optimally healthy and stay strong, but lately you’ve been feeling sluggish and just off. It might be time for you to consider skipping a meal and get yourself back on track.

For years we’ve been told that skipping meals is not a healthy option. However, some experts are now saying that it is perfectly healthy to skip the occasional meal.

This news raises lots of questions. Exactly who should consider skipping the occasional meal? Is it good for you, in particular? Is it okay even when dieting?

Suppose you forgot your lunch and it’s not possible to leave the office. The only food you have access to is from the office vending machine.

Don’t even think about it. The junk food that’s stocked in vending machines is not only processed, but it’s also unhealthy and it can leave you feeling even hungrier than you were before gulping down that bag of chips.

You would actually be better off to have a cup of green tea and wait to eat until you get home to eat properly.

Also, there are times when you just not hungry. It may be the lunch hour or dinner time, but your body just has no interested in eating anything.

In this case, the answer is simple: don’t eat. You might feel better if you skip your meal.

Contrary to what has become common knowledge, not eating for eight hours will not cause anyone to starve. The body’s metabolism doesn’t slow down and it does not automatically begin burning lean muscle to compensate.

Changes such as those take much more time than the brief period between meals when one is skipped. You needn’t worry about starving. You might even be doing yourself a big favor.

Have you ever wondered why it is such a struggle for people today to stay at their optimal weight, but in the past nobody was obese? Many researchers are finding that people are just one of the animals on the planet that does okay without regular feedings. In fact, going a couple of days without eating is acceptable for the body.

Out of necessity, early humans made occasional fasting part of their lifestyle. Not every day was a good day for hunting. There were no refrigerators for storing food that would spoil.

When food was scarce, cavemen trained their bodies to do without. They didn’t have problems with obesity, diabetes and unacceptable blood sugar levels. It’s thought that part of this was due to short periods of fasting.

So, don’t be afraid to skip an occasional meal. When you don’t need extra energy for a big workout or aren’t hungry, give the next meal a pass. You might discover that you feel better and have more energy than imagined.

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