Skipping Meals Can Lead to Health Problems

Vancouver physician, Dr. Ali Ghahary, has always been a strong advocate of healthy eating – promoting healthy diets and weight management to all of his patients at Brentwood Medical Clinic.

In previous blogs, Dr. Ali Ghahary has written about the importance of healthy eating…but what about skipping meals all together?

Eating three meals per day is important and has many advantages – not only does it help you spread calories throughout the day, but you are more likely to feel satisfied and not as hungry. If you’re the type of person who snacks all day, you may find it more difficult to keep track of calories and you’re also less likely to make healthy food choices. By spreading out your meals, you allow your body time to digest and utilize all of the nutrients that it needs, making you feel more energized. If you eat large amounts of food in one sitting, your body is more likely to increase the speed of digestion, which can lead to stomach aches, diarrhea, and even fatigue.

By now we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is because the body fasts for up to 8 hours while sleeping. By eating breakfast, you help to get your brain functioning and body moving. When choosing your meals, it is important to pick foods from each of the different food groups: Fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.

Skipping meals means you will be low on the nutrients your body requires, such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. You are also at an increased risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease and type II diabetes. Individuals who skip meals are also more likely to snack on junk food and skip exercise.

In order to maintain nutrients and healthy levels of cholesterol, insulin, and have normal blood pressure, our bodies need to be fed healthy and fed regularly.

You can visit Dr. Ali Ghahary’s blog on Blogspot for more information on diets and exercise.