Negative Health Effects of Skipping a Single Meal

Posted on Oct 23 2014 - 3:01pm by Susan Bewley

This guest article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin.  No compensation was received for this post and is purely for the benefit of Budget Earth’s readers.

Less is more, right? Yes, if you’re talking about miles per hour when you get pulled over for speeding, but not in the realm of eating. Whether you’re a celebrity-diet fan or experienced a night of too much booze and Burger King, chances are you’ve heard of the term fasting.  Fasting may seem appealing when you’re in a crunch or trying to undo some serious damage, but think twice before you consider it.

Here’s what happens to your body when you skip a meal (yes, just a meal!):

Digestion Disruption: Our bodies are used to having food to digest. When you stop eating for a day or a meal, your body’s digestive system gets thrown off. If you aren’t eating, your body has nothing to digest. Help your stomach do its job- eat regularly!

Cortisol Chaos: By eating throughout the day, you can help keep your blood sugar in check. Skipping meals releases cortisol. Increased cortisol is closely tied to increased abdominal fat.

Mental imbalance: Humans need food to survive, that’s not rocket science. When you skip meals, you can slip into a thought process where you convince yourself you don’t need food. Slippery-sloping into a thought process where food becomes a guilt-trip is a big no-no.

Onset of Overeating: Ever skip breakfast and then realize it’s halfway through the afternoon and you have yet to eat? What likely happens as a result? A huge dinner! Our bodies function best when fed in reasonably moderate amounts at spaced intervals. So slamming a huge dinner not only confuses your body but will likely result in an overconsumption of calories.

Fat Foraging: When we skip meals or don’t eat, our bodies go into “freak-out-mode”, aka starvation. Our bodies start to think we won’t be getting food. As a result, your metabolic rate is reduced for the time being.

If these are the repercussions of just skipping meals, imagine the scale of consequences when applying this to a day-after-day fast. The key to lasting weight loss results is investment of time and effort. Fasting may lead to temporary weight loss, but can result in long term damage. Stick to the old-fashioned hard work and healthy eating and you and your body will be much happier.

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. Now in Australia!


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dana Stargazer Truitt October 24, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

    So true, I’ve been working sooog har the past 6 monthsandh ave managed to loose 35lbs. I have created healthy eating habbits and exercise by walking 2 miles every morning. This is going to continue to keep it off and stay healthy. Any way I learned that skipping meals is bad and exactly what you said a bad way to try and loose weight. It does the opposite!!

  2. Maria Iemma October 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I am overweight and tend to skip meals in order to lose weight and it never works!! I am just over hungry at the next meal. It can become a big problem.

  3. lisa October 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I don’t skip meals to lose weight. I just don’t get hungry. I eat what I can, when I can.

  4. Ronald G October 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and I have never eaten breakfast for the past 40 years. Your information coincides with my health nurse…so I guess…thank you

  5. judy maharrey October 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    This is a interresting article! I learned avlot by reading it. The bodies effect from skipping a meal is true
    . I have skipped meals before than ate more at the next meal ! And the effects on the brain makes sense bacause I do get confused more easily. Thank you for this article.

  6. Linda Manns Linneman October 25, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I totally agree with you. I am a nurse and I realize all of this but I still tend to skip meals. Go figure lol

  7. Angela A Simmons October 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Yes this article has allot of truth to it. I have been studying health for the past three years now. I dont skip meals, the only time I do is when I’m doing a water or juice fast for spiritual reasons.

  8. May Lynn Mahler October 30, 2014 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Boy did I learn this the hard way! Being chronically ill, I ate sparingly and every calorie was being converted to fat! I am now learning to eat on a schedule whether I want to eat or not and it makes a huge difference.

  9. TrippyCusp93 October 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing these! I already knew most of these, but I was not aware of the mental imbalance of digestion disruption that skipping meals causes. I try not to skip any meals and now I will definitely make an extra effort to keep my body going with the fuel it needs!

  10. Holly Thomas October 31, 2014 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I try not to skip meals, I learned years ago that if you eat breakfast it actually helps you lose weight.

  11. Betsy Dillon October 31, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I used to eat only 1 meal a day and wondered why I was not losing any weight, I was gaining. I thought it was crazy when people said if you eat more you will lose weight. Finally I decided to try it and within 2 months lost 26 pounds, of course I try to eat a well balanced diet of meat and veggies and snack on fruit.

  12. Joey Simmonds October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I don’t skip meals unless there just isn’t anything available at the time. My wife on the other hand, skips meals often and then suddenly will decide she wants something, so she will eat fast food. I am the one that thinks ahead and tries to plan meals.

  13. Nguyen December 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Never skip a meal again!

  14. Linda Manns Linneman January 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    These are some great reasons not to skip a meal. It is just not good for our bodies or our minds. Thank you so much for sharing this

  15. Tamara Terni February 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    wow very insightful I am not a breakfast eater and I know I should. I just find it difficult to eat in the morning. I have addisons which makes things even worsein the stomach area. Thanks

  16. Heidi Salisbury March 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I am horrible for skipping meals. This is eye opening. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Tawny July 24, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I wish I knew the actual weight truth. We all do. One Dr. or researcher says not to eat unless you are hungry. Another says don’t skip a meal. One says eat only 3 meals. Another says eat several small meals through the day. One says don’t eat after 9 p.m. Another says it doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. One says you have to eat breakfast. Another says don’t eat it if you aren’t hungry or drink a smoothie/shake instead. I could go on and on. I don’t think anyone knows the truth about losing weight. Everyone is giving their “expert” opinion. If I hadn’t fell for so many, I might put stock in this. They all sound believable; but unless you follow one and it works for you, it isn’t right for you. We’re all different!

    • Susan Bewley July 26, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Skipping meals is one of the few that is proven to never work. It puts our body in shock and lowers our metabolism. I can tell you as an eating disorder survivor that it is a real concern!

  18. lisa September 25, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I’m five foot five and weigh 105 lbs. I don’t believe that people need to eat three meals a day plus snacks. That’s why so many are over weight. I don’t diet, I just eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. I don’t think dieting works. Just listen to what your body needs. Not Eat three meals and clean your plate. That’s how I was raised.

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