Here’s What Happens To Your Body When You Skip Lunch

Working during the week can be pretty hectic, with meetings and responding to emails, navigating the school drop-off line, and generally trying to accomplish work. We all forget to eat lunch or decide not to take a lunch break.

However, nutritionists recommend that you don’t skip lunch. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Jen Bruning said lunch is equally essential to your health as breakfast.

Bruning said, “Generally speaking, it’s helpful to eat more daily calories earlier in the day because you have so much of the day left to be fueled for.”

It has been found that 60% of Americans eat lunch at their desks.  Lunch boosts your mood, digestion, and metabolism. Lunch breaks increase productivity and job satisfaction.

Do You Need To Skip Lunch?

It’s important to ask yourself why you skip lunch regularly. Linda Anegawa frequently asks patients why they skip meals. Anegawa said, “I always want to know about eating intervals in general, such as how often and when they eat.”

Do you skip lunch because your schedule is too busy? Do you want to lose weight?

Anegawa said, “All of these would be a concern. We can’t ignore the body’s need for nutrition.”

Why Shouldn’t You Skip lunch?

Now and then, skipping lunch isn’t a big deal. Become accustomed to it, Bruning says, and your body adjusts to a “lower intake of fuel,” harmful to your health.

After skipping lunch, you may eat less healthy food later in the day. Research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that people who skip lunch or breakfast eat fewer fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seafood.

Lunch: What Should You Eat?

Beans and lean protein are fiber-rich carbs that make the best lunch. According to Bruning, these foods prevent afternoon sluggishness.

Take a midday break and eat lunch regularly to stay healthy. For people who skip lunch regularly, Bruning suggests eating lunch once a week and progressing every day after seeing how it affects your day.