When you forget to eat breakfast or you skip a meal because you’re too busy, your metabolism slows, your blood sugar plummets, and that sets off a cascade of hormones in your body that causes you to store fat because your body goes into starvation mode.
Eventually, you’ll feel so hungry and faint that you’ll eat ANYTHING, and it probably won’t be very nutritious.
Eating 5-6 small meals per day actually helps you lose weight.
Blood Sugar and a Healthy Weight
One of the most important keys to sustainable weight loss, health and energy is keeping your blood sugar stable. When you eat every 2-1/2 to 3 hours, your blood sugar never gets too high or too low. This keeps your metabolism humming and tames those unhealthy cravings for sweets and salt.
Of course, when it comes to blood sugar and a healthy weight, what you eat is just as important as how often you eat. Skip the “high glycemic” foods that cause your blood sugar to spikelike white bread, sugar, fruit juices, and processed carbohydrates. Instead, choose lots of lean proteins, healthy fats, and “low glycemic” veggies, fruits, and whole grains when you’re planning your meals.
Your blood sugar will love you, and so will your body. Did you know that studies have shown that folks who eat a “high-glycemic” breakfast consume up to 80% more calories during the day than those who start the morning with a “low glycemic” meal?
Action Step # 2
Make it a priority to keep your blood sugar even throughout the day. Eat 5-6 small meals per day, beginning with a healthy, low-glycemic breakfast.
Questions to Inspire Action
- Do you eat every 2.5 – 3 hours?
- Do you eat breakfast every morning? If so, do you know if it’s low-glycemic or high-glycemic?
- Do you know which are the healthiest things to include in every meal and snack?
- Do you keep nutrition bars and other healthy snacks in your car, gym bag or purse?