Strategy #3 – Don’t Skip Meals
I see this quite often in my health coaching practice.
It’s common for people to think that when they skip a meal, they are ‘saving’ calories. What happens though is it backfires and by mid afternoon or early evening, they’re starving. Then they feel like they have no ‘will power.’ Our body needs fuel in the form of food to function, so when it’s deprived, it screams out for what it needs – food! Willpower is no match and then they end up feeling guilty. Skipping meals sets you up for failure and feeling guilty.
Plus what people don’t realize is that when they don’t eat their body goes into starvation mode and starts to actually store fat!!
Eat 3 meals a day and healthy snacks when needed. You’ll notice you get through the day with more energy, and when you plan your meals out during the day, you can make healthier choices. It’s much easier to make unhealthy choices when you need to eat something now, and you just grab the closest thing you can find.
Plan ahead and be sure to not skip meals, and you’re sure to notice a difference in how you feel and will usually end up eating fewer calories during the day.
Here are a few of my tips to make sure I never skip a meal:
- Meal prep at the beginning of the week: When you have meals prepped and ready you won’t reach for unhealthy treats.
- Cook once eat twice: When you do cook, make it easier on yourself by cooking enough food for more than one meal.
- Have a quick option on hand at all times: My favorite quick meal option is smoothies. I get my meal replacement shake mix here and then I add some fruit, veggies, almond milk and ice and I have a healthy meal in under 2 minutes. Plus it helps keep me full for a while by balancing my blood sugars!
I hope this information can help you this week!
The Wellness Paige