Skipping meals

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear from my clients is that if they could eat less, then they’d lose weight. In reality, its exactly the opposite.

I used to have some clients who end up skipping meals until 2pm in the afternoon, then consume many calories between 2pm and bedtime. Their bodies have gone into starvation mode by the time they get around to eating.

They eat so much because their bodies are panicking with skipping meals and they cant stop themselves. Their bodies are annoyed at them for depriving them of food for so long; they’re lucky if it only takes 4,500 calories to calm their bodies again.

Why are their bodies reacting so violently by triggering such aggressive eating?

When you skip meals and don’t eat until the afternoon, you are asking your body to wake up, get out of bed, shower, get dressed, think, drive, work all day, and sometimes even exercise – all on zero fuel.

The body has to work out a way to cope with all this.

Guess what else happens when you don’t provide your body fuel from food?  There is a reason you don’t just drop dead when you don’t eat. Your body finds food despite you skipping meals – it finds it in your muscle tissue.

It has been proven that a body in starvation mode will first access muscle for fuel, and not fat. So if you do not feed your body, it will eat your muscles for the essential fuels it needs to continue life.


Starving yourself does terrible things to your muscles. You know that feeling when you’re hungry, but don’t eat? At some point, you stop being hungry. right? You sure do, but it’s not because you didn’t eat. You did eat. Your body turned to its own tissues for fuel.

This would be great if your body just cannibalised all the excess fat in all the places you don’t want it to be.

But unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. The body goes for the muscle first. Because fat is stored for emergency, your body considers snacking on your own muscle tissue as a preferable option, bicep sandwich! Yes, muscle is considered more expendable.

Your body’s just doing what it thinks is best to keep you alive, yet the result can be devastating for someone trying to lose fat and build muscle. Wouldn’t it be better to have a real snack?

Is all that really worth skipping a meal for ?

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