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Metabolism and Weight Loss

How does skipping a meal affect my metabolism?

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  • A , Naturopathic Medicine, answered

    One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your body burns a significant number of calories as heat is to spread your calories throughout the day. Skipping meals lowers your resting metabolism and makes it more likely that your body will store the extra calories eaten later as fat. A low-glycemic impact, high-protein breakfast is the most important food of the day. When you skip breakfast, you are telling your body that you are starving today and your metabolic rate will likely be lower for the rest of the day. When you start the day with a hearty breakfast, you are telling your body that there is plenty of food, so it tends to expend more of the calories you eat that day as heat. It is also important to follow breakfast with healthy snacks, lunches, and a relatively light evening meal.

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