My clients are always worried about skipping meals. They are worried that skipping meals will screw up their metabolism, make them hangry, and make them overeat at meal times.
But the REALITY is that skipping meals can benefit your fitness, health, and weight loss goals. And it doesn’t ‘screw up your metabolism’ when done the right way.
I started skipping breakfast consistently when, several years ago, I joined a 9:30am yoga class. I always loved practicing yoga on a empty stomach ~ so this meant I would eat my first meal after 11am. After yoga class I would come home and make myself some scrambled eggs and avocado on cilantro sprouts. (so good!)
And I noticed some things through this process:
- I wasn’t really hungry in the mornings. Eating first thing was more of a habit.
- Eating breakfast just made me hungry ~ kicking off cravings & grazing the rest of the day.
- I felt better mentally when I skipped breakfast. I felt more focused and motivated.
- My yoga workouts felt AWESOME on an empty stomach. And these weren’t sleepy yoga classes ~ they were athletic hot yoga classes.
- I was getting leaner in my midsection.
And later on I learned that this is actually a THING. Skipping a meal (or shortening your feeding time during the day) is called Intermittent Fasting. And science shows that it is REALLY good for us.
And, for people with type 2 diabetes, various forms of fasting or skipping meals is shown to have an awesome impact on lowering blood sugar levels!
So, if you skip breakfast, it really isn’t a big deal AT ALL ~ and it could even be a super healthy option for you.
People at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes:
- Store fat around their midsection
- Have high blood pressure / on medication for high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol / on medication for high cholesterol
- Have high fasting blood sugar levels
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~ June Melia; MS Athletic Training
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach
IIN Certified Health Coach