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Monday, January 2, 2012

31 Days of Weight Loss Tips: Day 2 Never Skip Meals


Skipping meals is a bad idea if you want to be fit.

If you go too long between meals your body is more likely to store fat. If you eat regularly throughout the day, your body will burn calories more efficiently.  

Maintaining an even blood sugar level is a key element to losing weight and staying lean. Doing this will prevent the insulin spikes that lead to fat gain.

When we skip meals, our blood sugar dips to a low level and when we do finally eat, blood sugar and insulin levels skyrocket, creating an environment where it's easy to store fat. 

Insulin is the regulator that prevents our blood sugar levels from getting too high, and causing health problems. When insulin goes into the bloodstream, it helps cells absorb glucose to use as fuel and keep blood sugar at a safe level.

When blood sugar levels rise drastically, as is likely to occur when we eat after having skipped meals, the body releases a large quantity of insulin to reduce blood sugar levels. Excess glucose that cannot be used immediately as energy or used by other cells, is stored as fat.

Resources:
National Institutes of Health & How Stuff Works/Science

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