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chicken cordon bleu paniniPeople may skip meals throughout the day because they are busy, distracted or believe it will help them lose weight. Lunch can be easy to forget, as its eaten in the middle of the day when you may be on the run.

Yet consistently skipping meals can actually be harmful to your body. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t miss this important meal.

1. Slows Metabolism

After skipping a meal, your metabolism slows down. During this process, your body breaks down food and turns it into energy.

A slower metabolism can make it harder for you to lose weight because your body needs more time to break down the food. This causes your cells and body to crave food, which can result in you eating more.

Colony Diner Favorite: Even a light lunch can make a difference. Try our delicious Classic Caesar Salad tossed with Seasoned Croutons, Grated Cheese & Classic Caesar Dressing.

2. Makes You Tired

Not fueling your body can result in low blood sugar, making you feel tired and dizzy. This condition is also known as hypoglycemia. The resulting fatigue can make it difficult for you to get through the remainder of your day without needing to exert a lot of energy.

If you’re already feeling fatigued, eating a delicious meal can restore your energy!

Colony Diner Favorite: Mediterranean Wrap with Grilled Chicken Breast, Roasted Red Peppers, Lettuce, Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese & Tzatziki Sauce.

3. Causes Moodiness

Has anyone ever told you that you were “hangry?” When you become very hungry, it can lead you to feel irritable and confused, usually leading to stress. This moodiness is another result of low blood sugar. Keeping your body fueled can help prevent these mood swings!

Colony Diner Favorite: Cordon Bleu Panini with Crispy Chicken, Deli Ham, Swiss Cheese, Tomato & Honey Mustard Sauce.

4. Leads to Overeating

The main reason people choose to skip lunch is to help them lose weight. However, the opposite can actually occur. Skipping meals will only make you hungrier and may lead to overeating later.

This bad habit can become a serious eating disorder. Here are a few ways to ensure you don’t skip lunch:

  • Set a timer for lunch
  • Meal prep the day before
  • Plan a lunch date at Colony Diner

Colony Diner Favorite: Grilled Chicken Melt with Crispy Bacon, Sliced Tomatoes & Cheddar Cheese on Grilled Rye Bread.
Stop by Colony Diner today for your favorite lunch-time meal!