What happens to your body when you skip lunch?

What happens to your body when you skip lunch?

Weekdays can be quite busy, with various meetings and work. Sometimes you may forget to eat lunch or simply don't take time for a lunch break.

However, skipping lunch is a mistake, say nutritionists.

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, but lunch is just as important, said Jen Bruning, nutritionist.

No matter how busy you are, eating lunch regularly and leaving work keeps you fueled and provides a mental break and time to unwind.

How skipping lunch affects your body

Skipping lunch once in a while is not a big problem. But if it becomes a habit, Bruning said, your body adjusts to a lower calorie intake, and that can be detrimental to your health.

"This can result in decreased metabolism over time and an increased risk of nutrient deficiencies," she added.

Skipping lunch can also make you more likely to indulge in a midnight snack. It can increase cravings and cause you to consume more calories in the evening.

"As calories increase, eating too much in one sitting can also cause blood sugar and insulin to spike," Bruning said.

Over time, this can lead to higher blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and potentially diabetes.

Research shows that restricting your eating can increase irritability and moodiness, decrease motivation, and potentially lead to anxiety and depression.