Schedule Your Eating

Many people try to lose weight by eating less or by skipping meals all-together. Eating less or smaller protions can be a great strategy to loosing weight if you can stick to it. But there is information out there stating that if you eat less at one meal, you will eat more at another meal without realizing it. recent studies are saying that your body has a set weight that it tries to maintain at all costs. So it is hard to eat less and do it consistently enough to make a difference and lose weight. Not to say that it is impossible, but it is very hard and will not work for the majority of us. Skipping meals is much worse to do and will eventually cause you to gain more weight in the long run. This is because if you do not eat breakfast (or when you skip another meal) your body goes into a starvation mode. Meaning that your metabolism will slow down, your energy levels will drop, and your body will store whatever you take in. You will add on fat more easily. I see this all of the time with people who skip breakfast, then have a couple of frappacinos throughout the day, maybe a muffin or bar sometime during the day as well. Then they will gorge themselves at dinner and before bedtime. This will result in gaining weight. Because you will end up overeating at dinner and after dinner, and end up taking in more calories then you would have if you had eaten throughout the day. Eating a big heavy meal at night is bad for you because you will not burn it off before you go to bed. So once again you’ll end up storing a lot of the food you ate at night, rather than burning it off throughout the day.To avoid this, try to schedule out your meals. It is a cliche’ but it is one for a reason, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It will set the tone of your energy levels and metabolism for the rest of the day. If you can eat something with complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, it will keep you feeling satisfied and energetic throughout the morning. To maintain this feeling, eat a small snack mid morning, around 10 or so. Eat some yogurt, a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts. These are healthy snacks that will keep you satisfied until you can eat lunch. Eat lunch and then have another snack around 3. If you can do this then when dinner time comes around you will not be famished and eat everything in sight. It will also keep your energy levels up and therefore your metabolism will be elevated through out the day, promoting your body to burn the food you take in as energy. It will also keep you from snacking on sugary sweets to get an energy burst when your energy levels eventually fall from not eating enough earlier or from eating sugary foods earlier in the day.The end result of eating consistently throughout the day is that you’ll be satisfied and not famished, you’ll burn more of the foods you take in as energy, and you’ll have more energy throughout the day. You can actually eat more food then you would normaly if you eat this way. You just have to put a little thought into it, and plan out some of the things you’ll eat during the day.

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