Give Your Body Time to Adapt
Your body is accostumed with several meals. Breaking this flow of constant energy intake will make your physiology mad for a while.
Your Body Will Adapt Overtime
Realize that this is temporary. Our bodies are wonderful machines in terms of adaptation. We can live several days without food, skipping a meal is not going to cause any harm unless you have an underlying condition. Just be patient and let time do its job, remember that the beginning is always the hardest.
Eat Healthy and Expect Lower Energy Levels
You will feel absolutely tanked on energy levels on the first days. This is normal, expect it to be like that, so your mind is ready for the changes. Whatever goal you have with this, keep it in mind while skipping the meal. By focusing on the outcome, you can endure the process with greater resolve.
Change Your Macro Nutrients Ratio
Carbs are going to burn like straw on your stomach whenever you eat them. Try to focus your nutrient intake on the other two macros, proteins and fats.
Proteins Increase Saciety Aiding Your Meal Skipping Process
Protein is great at increasing saciety, the reason for this is that is takes a lot longer for your organism to digest it. Protein is great for your muscles and have a great variety of minerals. Try to always increase protein intake coupled with resistance training for muscle gains.
Carbs Burn Too Fast on Your Body
Carbs are terrible for your saciety, as they are turned into energy too fast on the body. Our brains preferred source of energy are carbohydrates, but that is not absolute. Overtime our brain can switch its fuel intake to fats. The ketogenic diet, for example, is a famous diet the focus on the consumption of fats and proteins and works great for the purpose of skipping meals.
Exercise Will Keep Your Hunger at Bay
Exercise has thousands of benefits for the human body. But did you know that it can even keep your hunger pangs at bay?
Exercise Frequently to Enjoy Hanger Supressing Benefits
Studies have shown that exercising also helps you lose weight by regulating hormones, especifically the decrease of grehlin, an appetite booster. I can back this theory with practical experience, I am much more distracted by hunger on days where I skip workouts.
It is Easier Sticking to a Meal Plan After Exercising
There is a hidden benefit of exercising that most of us forget. Exercise puts on a winning mindset. Now that you won that part of the day, you do not want to lose your progress. Eating wrong feels wrong now, because of the guilt of screwing up a healthy day. All of that because of exercising.
How Long for the Body to Enter Starvation Mode?
You are worried that being malnourished will inflict your health. Remember that we are only talking about skipping a meal here, but let’s see some more extreme examples to put things in perspective.
Real Starvation or Just a Habit You Developed for Decades?
Real starvation is not normally experienced by regular people. Hunger will leave you sluggish and in pain, but on an unbearable level. Skipping a meal is bearable. Most of the time we we feel “hungry” because of boredom or dehydration.
How Long Untill Your Body Starts Eating Itself?
It basically takes 3 days (72 hours) of fasting until your body starts to eat itself, aka autophagy.
Fasting might be good for the body as it lets the metabolism relax a bit. I practice intermittent fasting everyday and the hunger pangs go away after a while. It took me 2 months for hunger to become neglectible.
Sleep to Combat Hunger and Savour Your Meals
Sleep can also regulate hormones in your favor just like exercise does.
Sleep Will DIRECTLY Contribute to Hunger Supression
If you are on the fence with sleep, consider reading the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Sleep plays a big role in everything we do. We do not know everything about sleep, but we know what happens without it. Sleeping supresess grehlin production the same exercise does, thus reducing hunger.
Eat Slowly to Eat Better and Less
By savouring the meal slowly, you will give more time for your body to register that food has come in. Studies says that the brain gets the message that the stomach is full with a 20-minute delay.
Salt and Intermittent Fasting When Skipping a Meal
A lot people do not realize that sodium plays a big part in preventing sluggish behaviour, that leads to unconscious eating.
High Sodium Foods and its Downsides When Trying to Skip a Meal
Foods that are high in sodium content will make your body retain too much water, that will increase blood pressure. High blood pressure leads to exhaustion, making you sluggish, falling into a pattern of eating more to alleviate boredom and brainfog.
An Unusual Intermittent Fasting that I Use
If you are practising intermittent fasting, try to skip lunch altogether. Most people have problems binge eating at night. The trick is to hold off your hunger until afternoon. By eating later in the day, your night binged desires will be greatly reduced.