Connect with us

Skipping Meals Makes You Crazy

Lifestyle

Skipping Meals Makes You Crazy

Cartoon of drooping man from low blood sugar Adobe

Skipping Meals Makes You Crazy

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Want to know what happens to your brain when you start skipping meals to lose weight? Brain fog, irritability, and finally downright rage. Why does this happen? You're not losing weight, you're starving your brain. For people in recovery, who need lots of healthy food to heal their brains, starving it is a very bad idea.

Guess what? Your brain needs glucose to function well. When you skip meals your blood sugar drops and the first thing that happens is your ability to think straight is hampered. You're literally starving the most important part of your body. Your thinker. When there is not enough glucose for the brain, the rest of you your body does not function at 100 percent either.

Do you have friends (or relatives) who get super grumpy sometimes? Low blood sugar causes people to feel irritable, confused and fatigued.  The body begins to increase production of cortisol, leaving us stressed and hangry.

Skipping meals can also cause your metabolism to slow down, which can cause weight gain or make it harder to lose weight. Skipping meals puts your body into survival mode. It causes you to crave food and eat more when you get the chance.

When we skip meals, we tend to crave unhealthy, fatty, sugary  foods. When that happens, we succumb. Forget eating healthy. When you are that hungry, you'l go for anything.

7 Tips to avoid skipping meals 

  • Eat smaller, frequent meals throughout the day rather than skipping meals.
  • Always have a snack around like yogurt or a granola bar to hold you over until your next meal.
  • Eat snacks high in protein and fiber.  They will keep you full longer.
  • Plan your meals in advance or prepare them the night before.
  • Make a schedule for the week to avoid over booking yourself or falling behind.
  • Set an alarm to ring at lunchtime if you are going to be running around all day.
  • Make a lunch date. You cannot skip a meal if you have already made plans with friends or family.

Comments

mm

Leslie Glass is the founder of Reach Out Recovery and the winner of the 2016 ASAM Media Award. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. Leslie is a journalist, director/producer of award-winning documentaries, and the author of 15 bestselling novels. Leslie has served as Chairman of the Board of Plays For Living, was a member of the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America. She has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, as a VP of The Asolo Theatre, and was a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation.

More in Lifestyle

Advertisement

Trending

Advertisement
To Top