Eating One Meal a Day Can Lead to Belly Fat

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So your 5:30 a.m. alarm just sounded – great! Literally one of the harshest noises in the world! If you are like the majority of us, you pound down the “snooze button” 2-3 times until you literally have to get up or you will be late (yup… I’m not a morning person). It happens. But this delay of the inevitable can usually cause many of us to just skip eating breakfast altogether.


Now this article is definitely not about the merits of a healthy breakfast – although those are massive and shouldn’t be overlooked – it’s about how after skipping breakfast and the mid-morning snack you don’t really seem to be “starving” the rest of the day. Heck, you may even get super busy at work and skip lunch as well – I’m guilty of this… Why aren’t you hungry?


How can you possibly go almost all day without eating and not be super hungry? It’s because your metabolism really never got off to a great start because you didn’t eat in the morning. This “fasting” state you went through all day usually ends with a famished chow-down for dinner. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with that, right? Well if you’ve ever been over to our site then you will know we are all about doing things as efficiently and effectively as possible and this whole “eating one meal a day” thing might not be the best for us!


Why It Matters


Recent research published in the online edition of Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that when mice were fed only a single large meal in the morning and fasted throughout the remainder of the day, they had significantly more abdominal weight gain! What’s more is that these mice also exhibited a telling sign of pre-diabetes – the fact that this lifestyle caused their livers to become insulin resistant.


Now while this is eating breakfast and fasting throughout the remainder of the day, the opposite could also be true. The point is that skipping meals in order to “save calories” can actually cause you to gain weight. This was explained by the senior author on the study Martha Belury, “…you definitely don’t want to skip meals to save calories because it 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.”


She went on to say, “Even though the gorging and fasting mice had about the same body weights as control mice, their adipose depots [belly] were heavier. If you’re pumping out more sugar into the blood, adipose is happy to pick up glucose and store it. That makes for a happy fat cell — but it’s not the one you want to have. We want to shrink these cells to reduce fat tissue.”


What This Means


This is basically telling us that eating just a single large meal and then fasting throughout the remainder of the day (or vice-versa) can have huge effects on our metabolism and even liver. This can cause our liver’s insulin capabilities to become severely changed. All-in-all, it can lead to belly fat!


So while it might seem like you are too busy to eat, want to save calories, or simply aren’t hungry, you really shouldn’t be skipping meals throughout the day. A diet consisting of healthy, hearty meals throughout the day can actually help you lose weight and won’t have the negative metabolic affects that can be seen in the above study!


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