Don’t skip meals if you’re trying to lose weight. During the hectic holiday season it’s tempting to work through mealtime to finish work faster. That might be one of the reasons you need to lose weight in the first place. Ironic, isn’t it? Skipping meals can actually cause you to gain weight even though logic says the opposite when you first think about it. You need to get into the nitty-gritty of why eating less can actually be sabotaging your weight loss program.
It’s not how much you eat, it’s what you eat.
That’s not really rocket science. With the great information system available, most people know that some foods simply put on weight faster than others do. Some foods are healthier and some foods seem to burn fat. You don’t have to have a degree in nutrition to know that a diet high in greasy fried foods is more than just fattening, it’s unhealthy. If you eat a family bucket from the colonel every day by yourself for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll gain weight. Fill that same bucket with fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods and you won’t have the same problem. In fact, you may even lose weight.
Eating more frequently doesn’t rev your metabolism, but it does keep you satiated.
Eating more meals will keep you moving and keep your blood sugar relatively level. It takes three hours without food for blood sugar to drop. In the fourth hour of not eating, you body has digested everything you ate four hours previously. When you reach five hours without eating, expect to feel tired, cranky and hungry as heck. That’s because your blood sugar is now plummeting to lows that will make you gobble up the first thing you see, whether it’s a cheesecake, apple or snicker–snack from the dog’s bowl. Just imagine how depleted your body is after sleeping eight hours. That’s one reason a healthy breakfast is important.
More reasons for a healthy breakfast and eating more frequently.
Studies show that people who eat three meals a day, which included breakfast weighed far less than those who skipped meals. The bodies of breakfast eaters had adequate amounts of nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals and they could fight off cravings easier, particularly when they ate protein at each meal.
Even though eating healthy foods more frequently can help you lose weight, you still need to use common sense. You need to make sure that what you snack on and eat is healthy and you maintain portion control in the process.
Eating slower and counting bites helps maintain portion control. The slower you eat, the less you’ll need to eat before you reach the point of satiation.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly to boost your metabolism and help make weight loss easier.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day when you’re dieting. Eight glasses or bottles of water will help keep you feeling full and hydrate you. Your body burns calories when it warms the cold water, a process called thermogenesis that burns extra calories.