You’re on your weight loss journey and it’s Saturday morning.
You have a birthday party to attend in the evening and you want to be able to enjoy yourself.
But you’re in a calorie deficit. And you know realistically having wine, chips & guac, pizza, and cake with ice cream can mean going over your calories.
You want to feel like you’re a part of the group and have FUN! You’ve worked your butt off all week, you deserve this!
So you decide to skip breakfast and lunch so you can save your calories to splurge in the evening.
Let’s talk about why this is a bad idea.
First, this idea of skipping meals to save calories is encouraging an unhealthy relationship with food.
You’re denying yourself nourishment and energy during the day which is a form of restriction.
Sustainable weight loss requires a mindset shift away from deprivation and the all-or-nothing mentality.
Second, our bodies are not designed to not eat all day and save calories for later. Ignoring hunger cues leads to an increase in appetite and sets you up for a possible binge and crash later.
You think you’re saving calories by skipping meals when in reality, you end up eating a lot more than you intended to in the evening because you’re starving.
And the foods that are available at birthday parties are chips, cookies, candy, baked goods, pastries, pizza, nachos, alcohol, etc. The foods that we love are also calorie-dense!
It’s difficult to portion control the foods that taste delicious when the body is starving which can push you to easily overeat.
Lastly, skipping meals during the day means missing out on protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, and key vitamins & minerals the body needs!
Denying yourself food is denying yourself nourishment for health.
Eat your regular meals throughout the day before any big event in the evening.
Balance your meals with enough protein, fat, carbohydrate, and vegetable.
You can still have enough calories left over to enjoy the evening if you’re eating enough complex carbs, protein, and fruit/vegetables during the day.
Save your leftover calories for the evening. You’ll notice feeling more in control around food when you allow yourself to eat enough during the day.
And also know that if you do go over your calories in the evening, it’s not the end of the world. It won’t un-do your progress for the week.
Just get back to where you left off the next day!
Unsure how to be a flexible eater? More info here about Flexible Eating 101 and how to work with me!