Trying to lose those last pounds? Do not be tempted to skip a meal to hit the line. It can sabotage your efforts. When your body skips a meal it sends a message to your body that you are under stress and in starvation mode. Your body wreaks havoc on itself trying to stay alive. The hormone Cortisol is released causing you to hold on to sugar which turns into fat. Your body switches to protein as a source of nutrients and eats away at the muscle gains. You want muscle because it burns fat! Feed your muscles and body well and it will come off. Skipping is not the answer.