i eat lunch, if i skip breakfast – i eat heavy lunch, if i have plans to skip dinner i prefer to eat a heavy lunch. For me lunch is a must. I prefer to have a light dinner but i prefer to have a big fat lunch with lots of veggies in it.
Apart from being sociable and providing a natural break to a busy day, lunch provides the energy needed to sustain us throughout the afternoon without pulling on the body’s reserves.
Lunch should help keep our blood sugar level – the body’s fuel system which draws on glucose -stable.
If we skip lunch, our blood sugar level drops and we become irritable, sluggish and lose concentration.
Maria Griffiths of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition says: ‘Our brain and organs rely on glucose which is broken down from carbohydrates to provide energy.
‘If we don’t eat lunch, our body starts to scream out for glucose and our blood sugar levels drop.
‘If we stop eating for over seven hours, the body starts to self-cannabilise,’ she adds. ‘This means the body will dip into its own reserves and burn up the body’s own fat.’
If you skip meals in an attempt to lose weight you may find it has the opposite effect. ‘Metabolism slows down because the body thinks it is being starved,’ says Maria. ‘Rather than losing weight, the metabolic rate will become so slow, the body will stop burning fuel.’
When to eat lunch
Eat lunch regularly between around 12 and 1pm. If you leave lunch until late afternoon, you are likely to become over-hungry.
This can lead to picking and snacking on high sugar and fat foods such as sweets, crisps and cakes. Apart from piling on the pounds, these foods carry little nutritional value.
And as the o the old proverb: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper. ‘If you bombard your body with starchy foods in the evening, you are physically less active and food will be stored as fat,’ she says. ‘This can create every woman’s nightmare – pot belly