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5 Reasons To Not Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can offer a few downsides to the immediate sense of temporary weight loss. A few scenarios are likely to happen: 1) a person becomes so hungry that by lunchtime they overeat to compensate for what was missed at breakfast; 2) unhealthy eating in a desperate attempt to replace those missed calories; 3) the body assumes “starvation mode” and any subsequent food taken in later in the day ensures weight gain; 4) the body’s metabolism slows down and 5) possible muscle loss due to the body’s need to “eat” something.

Skipping Breakfast Causes Overeating

The human body seeks balance at all times. Skipping breakfast oftentimes causes the body to eat in excess later in the day to gain calories that were missed in the morning. However, a person that normally participates in breakfast-skipping may or may not experience this urgency in recovering those calories. The human body gets use to patterns of behavior for the sake of its homeostasis.

Skipping Breakfast Causes Unhealthy Eating

Along with recovering missed calories later in the day, the body’s ravaged state causes it to reach for anything to recover those calories. The body doesn’t care where those calories come from and carbohydrates in the form of fat and sugar-dense cookies or doughnuts are often what the body craves since it brings the body back to homeostasis that more quickly. However, the brain’s determination in succeeding the goal of homeostasis often exceeds the body’s actual goal and additional calories are consumed. For example, a simple breakfast of cereal and fruit of 3 hundred calories or less that was skipped can later cause two doughnuts to be consumed in its place. The result is an approximate extra 3 hundred calories consumed.

Skipping Breakfast Causes “Starvation Mode”

Some argue that the body does not go into starvation mode as quickly as one missed meal; however, a person inclined to miss several here and there can gear the body to react accordingly. This occurs all the more readily because of its perceived sense of danger. Skipping meals throws a body off its track of homeostasis. People that normally eat breakfast and all of their meals are in less “danger” of throwing off this balance and experiencing weight gain as a result.

Skipping Breakfast Causes a Slower Metabolism

Along with weight gain due to the body’s perceived starvation, the body will slow down its metabolism in an effort to maintain the body’s weight. If less calories are to be eaten, the body will try to burn only those calories necessary to maintain that weight. Hence, whatever weight loss that was experienced by the skipped breakfast is quickly adjusted to. A regular habit of skipping breakfast is not beneficial for prolonged weight loss.

Skipping Breakfast Leads to Muscle Loss

Lastly, with skipping breakfast, the body does not care necessarily where the calories come from—whether from fat or muscle. It is more than likely that the body will consume muscle if it is not use to using its excess storage—fat. If the body is use to skipping meals, it will hold onto all reserves for dear life, literally, as it perceives losing it as a threat to its homeostasis. This in turn causes the body to hold onto those reserves while sacrificing its muscles.

For a person trying to lose weight, the case in the body holding onto its reserves is highly likely. For the person who does not have this problem, the skipped meal may result in actual fat loss, albeit a very minute amount which cannot be prolonged for a significant amount of time.

Byline:  Aaron Gormley understands the importance of eating well and staying hydrated, which is why he writes this article on behalf of