Being hungry is not fun. The grumbling noises that only happen during class when the room is silent, the pain that has you almost doubled over and ready to eat your own hand, the fatigue that accompanies a lack of blood sugar... We’ve all been there. Maybe when you left your apartment or dorm room this morning, you didn’t realize you would not be back until dinner. That is a long time to go without food. Even when you’re home, eating three meals a day does not cut it for most people. Speaking from experience, my stomach can start to grumble again less than two hours after eating.
When someone wants to lose weight, his or her first inclination is usually to skip a meal during the day. In a way, it makes sense. Cutting down the total amount of calories will reduce the amount of calories taken in compared to the amount burned, which is when weight loss happens. However, people don’t often consider the negative consequences of skipping meals during the day, which can actually add more weight than it takes away. When meals are skipped, it results in hunger later in the day, causing one to snack instead of stick to one meal. Because of this, we tend to overeat while snacking. Think of the last time you went a long time without eating. Does the feeling of incessant hunger conjure up any memories? That time when you ate anything and everything you could reach in the cupboard? This happens because your brain no longer has the energy to say "no" when you want food. When you skip a meal, you are denying your body the glucose it needs to maintain willpower.