I’ve had countless conversations about eating more to weigh less. It seems like fear has crept in people’s lives where eating fat and or eating too many times per day makes a person think they will just get fatter.
To cancel out this fear, let me just say that eating less often and avoiding fat causes excess weight to stay and becomes hard to lose due to a starvation mode the body enters into.
We have to think about our metabolism and how it works. It’s basically like a machine; once food goes in the processes of metabolism kick in. If we skip eating, the metabolism slows down–naturally. Why would it need to stay up to beat when there’s nothing for it to do? The body, however has not stopped working and needs fuel, so it will borrow from muscle tissue and will reserve the fat for an emergency. Is this what you want?
Here’s an excerpt from Oxygen magazine (because it words it the way i would want to. lol):
Fueling your metabolism
Your body needs enough energy to support all the basic processes that keep you alive–be it your organs functioning, your heart beating or your hair growing. The sum of these processes is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR)
Five signs your under-fueled
1. your losing, not gaining muscle
2.You’re tired all the time and you’re not sleeping well
3.You can’t get rid of that pesky belly fat
While it might seem to go against traditional weight loss logic, it all boils down to metabolism and hormones. undereating promotes muscle loss and rises in the levels of the belly-fattening stress hormone cortisol over time.
4 Your period stops or becomes irregular
5.Your bones are showing signs of weakness
Ok back to my words:
Add exercise to your daily routine and your calorie requirement goes up. You will notice this as hunger too!
Considering all of this, eat often not only keep up the metabolism but to prevent crazy hunger and over eating at any one meal.
Think of your metabolism as a furnace. What foods should you put in the furnace to keep it burning hot and how often should you do it?
5-6 small meals per day of unrefined whole foods full of fiber and healthy fats(refined foods contain little or no fiber and lead to weight gain, obesity and other diseases); mainly consisting of: Grains, beans, grass fed beef, lean poultry, tofu or tempeh, fruit and vegetables (most of the fruits you eat are best early in the day for quick energy. Fats come from nuts, seeds, cold pressed olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, avocado, and grass fed dairy.
Do a calorie check:
If you, the average adult is getting between 1100 and 1700, you’re not getting enough to sustain you. Aim for 1900 for a good weight loss plan that won’t starve you. BUT eat often!—so that all your calories are spread out over the course of the day.
The numbers will vary depending on age and activity level. Click on this link to check out your basic calorie needs: http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/calories-burned
Get smart and have fun!