Throughout my Victoria’s Secret training, I always made sure I went no longer than four hours without food.
It may seem counterintuitive but skipping meals might actually cause you to put on weight. If you skip breakfast, lunch or dinner it could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease – researchers from Ohio State University have found.
Why? When insulin signals fail, the liver does not know it needs to stop producing glucose. The extra sugar in the blood is then stored as fat, causing the individual to put on weight around the belly and belly fat is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. So skipping meals to save calories sets your body up for larger fluctuations in insulin and glucose and could be setting you up for more fat gain instead of fat loss.
My advice? Plan ahead. Take snacks with you to work which you can prepare them the night before. I love snacking on nuts, protein bars (Quest and PhD protein bars are my current favorites) and small salad pots (for example you can get great ones from Pret a Manger, like the boiled eggs and salmon or quinoa and crayfish if you haven’t time to prepare snacks).
Protein shakes are also a great way of keeping your insulin levels stable. I recommend whey protein (if you can tolerate it – i.e. you’re not allergic) since whey is the most effective at aiding muscle growth and the more muscle you have, the better your metabolism and therefore the less likely you are to store fat. Bullseye!
Images via Pinterest. Please see my Pinterest ‘healthy snacks’ board (click on the ‘P’ social media icon at the top of my blog) for more healthy snack inspiration.