Eating less throughout the day in order to eat more later in the day is also known as “banking calories.” You may have done it before, I certainly have. At the time I didn’t realize how much I was depriving my body of proper nutrition throughout the day.
The Dangers of Banking Calories
A person may consider banking calories when they know there is an event to attend which will have tons of food available. The idea being that if you eat very little throughout the day, you have saved a bunch of calories that you can use to eat later at the event. However, you are doing your body a great disservice. Here are a few reasons why:
- Depriving your body of nutrition (vitamins, minerals, nutrients, protein, carbs, etc.)
- Lowering your metabolism by eating infrequently
- Eating less throughout the day greatly increases your appetite, thus, you’re more likely to overeat
There is no reason to save calories to eat more later. You’ll just end up starving yourself and will probably pig out when it comes time to eat that one big meal you were saving up for. Besides, if you eat properly throughout the day, you will probably be ok eating small portions of party food, cheat food, etc.
Remember, food is your body’s fuel! It needs the proper fuel (food) to run well all day.
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