This was culled from something Jillian Michaels (The Biggest Loser Trainer) recently posted..I'm borrowing it because it's so very true and something I 'remind' my clients of all the time.
Skip breakfast? Think again. Not hungry for dinner? Not so fast. Not only does skipping meals slow your metabolism but it can lead to overeating, because when you do eat, you're overly hungry. There are a ton of theories out there about when and how often you should eat to maximize your weight-loss results. Believe me, I've heard 'em all, and I'm here to give you the real skinny.
When you're trying to get to your weight-loss goals, it is essential to maintain blood sugar levels to prevent energy crashes and appetite cravings that could throw you off course. In all my years of experience, I've found the most effective way to do this is to eat every four hours, without skipping a single meal or snack.
I can't tell you how often people still think the best way to lose weight is to not eat. Well that is so far from the truth it should be on the Moon! You have to keep your body fueled--if you don't, it starts to think you are starving it and it pulls from other resources to keep it going. Know which resource that is?? -- it's your muscle--not the excess fat you are trying to get rid of, nope, just the muscle you've been busting your chops trying to get. You gotta eat folks..it's that easy. You need to keep that metabolism running round the clock. If you want to lose weight, keep that metabolism running, keep to a workout plan, and your road to success just got a whole lot shorter.
Please don't skip..it will only make you more hungry and more likely to binge. Once you do that, you start to beat yourself up and things tend to keep spiraling downward. Don't do that to yourself, you're so much better than that.