Saturday, June 11, 2011

Does Skipping Meals Bring Weight Loss?

When your schedule doesn't allow you to sit down and eat a meal in the middle of the day or in the evening, it's better to reschedule your meals than to simply skip them. Instead, grab a Shakeology shake. They are so convenient and come in individual serving packs.

But if you're not down with shakes, some of the best late lunch and early dinner menus are easy to prepare and do not require much preparation time.  Something such as salad or grilled fish can be delicious. Keep in mind that many salad dressings and sauces add fat and calories to the meal. Opt for low fat salad dressings. You will enjoy the natural flavor of the food, and avoid hidden calories as well. Here's a salad that was prepared today.


  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Onions
  • Tuna
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Olives
  • Cucumbers
  • Dash of salt & pepper
  • 1 packet of Kraft Free Ranch dressing 

Nutrition Wise
Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN
American Institute for Cancer Research

Q: Why is skipping meals discouraged as a weight loss strategy?

A: Although it might seem that cutting out a whole meal’s worth of calories would lead to weight loss, studies show that this strategy rarely works. Most people who skip a meal and its 300 to 600 calories usually increase how much they eat at other meals in the day by at least the same amount of calories. These people, like others who come to a meal overly hungry, tend to eat rapidly, which makes it difficult for them to sense when they’ve had enough. People who skip meals may also snack more. Although the snacks might be small in size, they can add up to a substantial number of calories and replace the calories missed at a meal. Furthermore, even if you manage to keep a low daily total of calories for a few days by skipping meals, weight loss requires reduced calorie consumption over an extended period of time. Meal-skipping that leads to considerable under-eating for a few days often results in more days of overeating.


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