Eat More Often to Lose Weight
I’m in the mood to bust some frustrating myths today….so here goes!
To lose weight is to eat less often….right? WRONG.
This is where so many of us hit a wall when we’re trying to shed body fat and it’s no wonder given the fad diets and false facts about nutrition we’re surrounded by and have grown up with!
As a result of those, most people assume that they should eat less when trying to lose weight. However, to burn fat you need to eat more frequent meals throughout the day.
You see, when you eat one meal a day in the hope of losing weight you are actually putting yourself in a position to gain weight. This is because when you starve yourself, which is basically what you are doing when you eat one meal a day, your body’s natural reaction is to try and protect you.
It does this by holding on to as much fat as possible so it will not starve to death. That’s why eating more often is critical for losing weight. When your body doesn’t feel the threat of starvation, it will gladly release the extra fat. And the only way you eliminate that threat is by feeding your body every two to three hours.
Eating small meals is a great way to release fat and gain muscle – what I’m not saying here is that you should eat huge volumes of food all day, you do still need to expend more energy than you consume to shed fat.
The question of how often we should be eating to maintain or lose pounds has been the subject of debate for a long time. The fact remains, however, that when you eat regularly throughout the day, your body knows that more food is on the way, and it’s more likely to burn the calories you consume than store them as fat.
Eating at regular intervals is also proven to help stabilize blood sugar and energy levels.
Also, when we eat more often throughout the day, it does help with weight control since our portions will likely not be huge when we are eating that often – given that you should never reach ‘ravenous’ mode, and the body will have no need to hold on to fat. Our metabolism will also stay high, burning fat for longer and far more efficiently.
Some nutrition and weight loss experts also agree that people should eat “mini meals” every two to three hours, or four to six times per day. Proponents of this idea claim that eating small meals throughout the day can lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, improve energy levels, boost metabolism.
When you eat less energy than your body needs, the body adapts by becoming amazingly good at making the most of whatever food it does receive, it holds on to fat and begins using the muscle to provide the energy you’re depriving it of by not eating.
Taking it back to nature
Let’s strip it back to basics. With my clients, I always use the analogy of animals in the jungle, who constantly eat throughout the day. They hunt for food, eat a little and come back to it and eat some more a few hours later.
This is how nature in its simplest form works, so why don’t we think it works for humans? I believe in keeping things simple and letting the fads that, honestly, are only meant to con us out of money, pass. I’m not the only one.
We as humans are meant to feed, eat, and nourish our bodies. Smaller meals more often are the key. It prevents the urge to overeat or make bad decisions because of starvation.
When we aren’t eating properly or frequently, we end up with low blood sugar and our metabolism slows down. Both of these are recipes for weight gain – unlike when we eat often and have a balanced blood sugar level and furnace-like metabolism which is the recipe for weight-loss and weight maintenance.
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With my 10-Week Lean program, I give you a personalized diet analysis, giving you clean eating substitutions and tips for increasing the nutrition in your diet (without sacrificing the foods you love!). All this with a new resistance workout to follow every week for 10 weeks, this plan will help you lose weight and tone up in just 10 weeks.
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