today might be an off day for me, but I feel like I’ve had days like this before, so it’s not a total anomaly. What should I be doing if I’m just not hungry? I didn’t eat today before the morning class. Then after class I had the Vega One chocolate shake with water. About two and a half hours later (11:30) I ate a piece of cauliflower and swiss quiche (not my best choice from a fat perspective, but delicious). Since then, I’ve not been hungry. Should I make myself eat anyway to keep myself in fat burning mode? What do you recommend?
Whether you should skip meals or not, depends entirely on your blood sugar response.
if you’re not hungry it’s ok to skip a meal, but only if you won’t respond with a blood sugar crash. How do you know? if you’re ravenous hours later, feel shaky, lightheaded, weak or your mood drops, you know that you would have been better off eating a little something or at least had a protein shake.
You may also just get a green juice or green smoothie to blast your body with nutrients and some carbs. Make sure it’s organic or else you’re also blasting your body with pesticides.
If you’ve had a meal loaded with fat, then the reason you’re not hungry is because fat digestion takes quite a while. It’s very dense and takes a lot longer to digest than protein and carbs. And, chances are you ate quite a lot of calories from the fat in the quiche, so by eating a mini meal or skipping a meal, you’re actually balancing out overindulgence quite well.
Studies have shown benefits of meal skipping. You allow your body to burn off food that’s not yet digested and you can improve your insulin sensitivity. Overfeeding the body is far worse than not eating enough. The body does quite well in a calorie-deprived state, but an overfed body develops health issues quite quickly, such as blood sugar issues, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, an increased waistline and metabolic issues. Here are the pros and cons of intermittent fasting from an interview I did with Refinery29.
Listen to your body and see how you feel. Try out meal skipping and see what your body has to say about it.
See you in the morning!