Biting the Habit: What's your eating style?
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Saver, skipper, and compensator
Not eating for long periods of time makes people hungry and hungry people do not make wise food choices.
This eating style is characterised by erratic eating patterns. Savers, skippers, and compensators seesaw between eating too much and too little. They often skip meals because they are too busy to take the time to eat, or in order to save calories for a big occasion. When they do eat too much – which is usually a result of missing meals – skippers try to compensate by missing more meals or fasting. They often say things like: "I usually don’t eat breakfast or lunch," or "I am going to a party tonight, so I won't eat all day," or "I can't eat breakfast or lunch because I ate too much last night."
The negative aspect of this style is that it promotes overeating. Not eating for long periods of time makes people hungry and hungry people do not make wise food choices. Saving calories by skipping meals can be compared to putting money in the bank, receiving $10.00 in interest, but paying $12.00 in service charges. It just doesn't make sense.
Erratic eating habits also disrupt normal metabolic functions. When you don't eat for a long period (this can be hours, not days) your body thinks it is starving and begins to slow down to storage mode, conserving calories for future use. It's taken by surprise when you suddenly overload it and so can't metabolise efficiently. This is exactly the opposite of what happens to people who eat small meals and snacks. Their bodies are accustomed to working with the right amount of food most of the time and are constantly metabolising; when excess food is encountered, metabolising continues as usual. Savers, skippers, and compensators impede the efficiency of their natural processes. The end result is that they become fat-storing machines. In order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to be a fat-burning machine.
The skipper's fix-it plan
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