The general rule of thumb is that if you are able to burn more calories than you eat, you will successfully lose weight. Whilst this is a no-brainer, many have also interpreted this to mean that if you eat less or skip meals altogether, you will also have the same success. This isn’t necessarily true.
Firstly, your body needs nutrients to function properly, to ensure that you have enough energy to actually go out and burn fat and most importantly, to aid the metabolic process. Take these essential nutrients away and your body loses its ability to do these things. So whilst your eating less, you might not only stay the same weight but your overall feeling of wellbeing will also decline. What’s more is that when you stop eating, the rate of your metabolism slows because your body goes into starvation mode and a result, your body will actually hold onto excess fat for the purpose of survival.
Skipping meals is also not a sustainable way to go about losing weight and keeping it off in the long-term. So if you do manage to see a fast and dramatic loss of weight in the first few weeks of skipping meals, it’s likely that once your weight plateaus and you can’t lose any more, you’ll quickly revert back to your usual eating patterns to satisfy your body’s needs. In turn, this will lead to the weight that you’ve quickly lost to pile back on again.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you can indulge in any food that you like and still expect to see weight loss. Afterall, weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. Rather, it’s more about eating the right food rather than less food. It simply means eating less of the foods that will be harder for your body to burn and more of the foods that will keep your metabolism constantly working. The underlying thing to remember here is that the better nutrition your body receives, the more adept it will be to burning fat!