[As originally contributed to http://www.ThisFitsMe.com on August 24, 2014]
No matter how tempted you are to do it, please don’t skip meals with hopes of losing weight. That is the most unhealthiest way to shed some pounds. Sure, you’ll lose a few pounds, but not for long and not as much as you could by eating right. So what actually happens when you miss a few meals or skip whole days of eating?
Loss of Nutrients
When you take away vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function, it has to get it from somewhere else. The first place your body will get what it needs is from your muscles. The protein in your muscles becomes the only energy source your body has when you deprive it of foods. The body will break down the muscle cells to get the protein and convert it to energy. Water, which makes up about 70% of your muscles, is released and excreted into your system. This loss of water is the weight loss you experience. In other words, you lose weight at the expense of your muscle.
You Look Fatter
You would think that the body would at least do you the favor of burning your fat when you decide to starve it. Not at all. While your muscles are being eaten away, the fat remains, not only increasing your body fat percentage, but even making you look bigger. One pound of muscle takes up much less space than one pound of fat, so when you muscle is gone, the fat has more room to spread, thus making you look bigger than you did before you decided to starve yourself.
Your Metabolism Decreases
Muscle is a metabolically active tissue, which means it keeps your metabolism elevated. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism and the more calories you burn (even at rest). So, while starving yourself, you lose muscle, which decreases your metabolism and your ability to effectively burn calories.
So what’s the lesson? You need to eat in order to lose weight. Starving yourself is the worst way to lose weight and be healthy. You deserve to have the body you want, but you also deserve to get it the right way. Love yourself enough know that.