Here are 7 Side Effects of Skipping Dinner for Weight Loss
August 2, 2022
It is a fairly common notion among people that skipping meals will lead to weight loss. The truth, however, is exactly the opposite. Skipping meals can be bad for your health and can even cause you to gain weight because it deprives your body of nutrients. Also, it’s not just bad to skip breakfast and lunch; there are many side effects of skipping dinner as well.
Ladies, be careful when trying to lose weight. Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Dinner is an essential part of your daily diet as it ensures that the body gets the nutrients and calories it needs. Also, skipping meals once in a while won’t hurt, but skipping meals frequently is risky. So eat a light dinner instead of skipping it altogether.
A study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism also says that a regimen of “a heavy breakfast and a light dinner” can help you stay fit and well. It can also prevent obesity and high blood sugar.
What happens when you skip dinner to lose weight?
Well, it has become a trend to associate skipping meals with weight loss, but if you want to have a healthy body, you should question this approach.
Health Shots contacted Dr. Divya Gopal, Consultant – Dietician/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospital, Banashankari, Bengaluru, to find out what happens to the body when we skip dinner.
Dr. Gopal says: “You must have heard of the saying: ‘Eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper’, but having a proper diet loaded with the necessary nutrition is more important than you think. He needs to rethink conventional weight-loss advice that tells him to watch calories, which people often misunderstand as skipping calories. Skipping meals, especially dinner, can be quite detrimental to your health.”
7 side effects of skipping dinner, according to Dr. Gopal:
1. Energy levels will drop
This one is pretty obvious. Low calories mean your body has less fuel to keep the machine running. Lack of enough calories will leave you exhausted.
2. It can affect your body’s built-in hunger signals
The release of the hormone leptin tells your body to stop eating when you’re full, while the hormone ghrelin tells you when you’re hungry. These hormones won’t work properly if you choose to ignore your hunger cues.
3. Serious cravings for sugar and carbohydrates
Intense cravings are caused by ignoring hunger cues and low blood sugar. You’ll start to crave more sugar and carbs, as both are known for quick bursts of energy. And you’re making your body settle for the bare minimum.
4. Irregular digestion
Skipping dinner can lead to nausea, diarrhea, or even constipation. You can fall into a vicious cycle of skipping meals and then overeating.
5. High risk of eating disorders
People who skip meals are more vulnerable to eating disorders. They increase your risk of having disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, or even orthorexia.
6. Effects on your sleep cycle
Skipping dinner can affect your sleep cycle to such an extent that you may lose sleep. Sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on your immunity, mood, energy, and metabolism.
7. You may experience anxiety
Those who often try to skip dinner may develop a late-night eating habit, most likely consisting of junk food. Also, eating junk food raises the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body, which increases the risk of mental health problems.