You probably know that if you want to lose weight, you should be burning more calories than you're eating. But skipping meals isn't a smart way to do this. "Your body needs fuel, period," Lanier tells BuzzFeed Life.
If your goal is to build muscle and get lean, you need to take in more fuel. If you're looking to lose weight, you have to take in the right kind of fuel. If you don't eat enough of the right stuff, when you work out, your body will have to take energy from your muscles, which hurts your metabolism.
Do this: Instead of cutting meals and eating like a bird, pay more attention to the TYPE of calories you're eating. For example, your body turns unused carbs into fat, so try sticking to a low-carb diet on the days you know you won't be exercising.