Nutrition Tip of the Week

Nutrition Tip of the Week

Top Nutrition Myths Debunked: Skipping Meals

Written By: Samantha McCarthy, MS, RD/LDN - Registered Dietitian at Cedardale Health and Fitness

The past two weeks we have covered two different nutrition myths: carbohydrates and fats. These are common myths I hear about every day from clients. For our next myth, Id like to talk about another myth: skipping meals.


Many people believe that skipping meals, especially breakfast, will lead to weight loss. Well, this is far from the truth. This myth can actually backfire and cause weight gain. When you skip a meal, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, it can cause you to feel hungrier, even ravenous. We have all been there before: so hungry that you will eat just about anything. I know I have been there. And when I hit that point I want the easiest, quickest food possible. AKA, junk food.


When you are that hungry, it can be difficult to make a healthy decision. You are less likely to cook a well-balanced meal and more likely to grab whatever is easiest. You are also more likely to overeat. Fast food, take out, and convenience store food tends to be the food of choice when you skip meals. Research has shown that people who skip breakfast are heavier than those who choose to have a healthy breakfast every day. Some studies show a link between obesity and skipping breakfast.


Based on this evidence, it is clear that skipping meals is not the answer to weight loss. Make breakfast a priority every day and eat a well-balanced lunch, dinner, and 1-2 snacks. This will help you avoid that ravenous feeling and make healthier choices for your meals. 


Prior Weeks Nutrition Tips:

Debunking Nutrition Myths:  Carbs are Bad for You
Defining Salt
Trans Fat:  The One Food to Avoid
Love Your Heart - Love Your Food!
Recipe of the Month - Turkey Chili
Following Through on Your Resolution
Nutrition Trends for 2017 - Algae
Nutrition Trends for 2017 - Rigatoni Pasta & More
Nutrition Trends for 2017 - Earth Friendly Burgers
Prior Nutrition Tips of the Week: Nutrition Trends for 2017 - Ancient Grains
Nutrition Trends for 2017:  Kale