11. Don’t Skip Meals
Consuming regular meals is essential during this natural transition in life. Weight loss efforts and symptoms of menopause may be worse if you’re going through menopause. Many people think skipping meals will aid in weight loss efforts. Actually, this is the total opposite! Skipping meals slows down the metabolism, making it more difficult to lose weight. In fact, skipping meals can lead to an increase in binge eating. It makes you feel hungrier and leads to eating more than you usually would. When food is consumed, metabolism levels rise. Without food to digest, metabolism levels go down.
Mental concentration is also impaired by skipping meals. Without food in the body, there isn’t any glucose to absorb. Glucose is the main energy source for the brain and central nervous system. Without glucose, memory, focus, and concentration are impaired. Menopause can already impact your mental strength; don’t add the consequences of skipping meals add to it.
Never skip breakfast as this meal really is the most important meal of the day! Starting the day with a balanced breakfast reduces the risk of obesity and insulin resistance as well as helping you lose or maintain weight. Eating breakfast launches your metabolism and makes you feel more full and satisfied, reducing the likelihood of overeating. Also, when you skip breakfast, your blood sugar levels fall, resulting in energy decline. Healthy options include eggs, salmon toast, yogurt with nuts and berries, fruits, smoothies, and avocado toast. Remember, successful weight loss at any stage of life requires permanent changes in both your diet and exercise habits. Try your best to commit to lifestyle changes, and enjoy a healthier you. Skipping meals and having irregular eating patterns may hinder weight loss as well as hinder weight loss. Food is fuel for the body, so eat up!