By March 18, 2012

Smaller, Frequent Meals Can Help You Lose Weight

Overeating is a problem for any dieter who is trying to lose weight. As you already know, that’s what got you into this situation in the first place. Stuffing yourself to the brim gives your body a lot of extra  calories that it has nothing to do with except store as fat. Eating too much in one setting is horrible for your body. It stretches your stomach and eventually your waistline. Both of these circumstances are very dangerous and unhealthy.

Overindulgence also kills our metabolism. Metabolism is essentially your body’s clockwork on how fast it converts food into energy. By eating three huge meals a day, the message your body is getting is that it will be fed on occasional intervals but in huge amounts. Your body then takes this information and sets up a routine that will burn food slowly so that it makes the most of these huge deposits.

If you are looking for the best way to lose weight, it’s much better for your body to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Even if it’s all the same types of food, that’s at least a start. But ideally, you’ll also want to alter the foods into something healthier. Let’s say you normally ate a big salami sandwich and a bag of chips for lunch at noon. Once you’ve worked out this new schedule, your meal may look something more like half a turkey sandwich on wheat bread and an apple at 11:00, and the second half of sandwich with a banana at 1:00.

If your digestive system is consistently moving, then it will keep your metabolism moving at a good pace. Consider two types of animal in the wild that have had to adapt to different surroundings. One animal gets to eat frequently, such as a squirrel or bird. It eats almost constantly, but it’s always light amounts of food, like a nut or a grain. Then consider an animal that has to eat a lot all at once, like  a bear. Since the bear lives in an environment where it has to eat a lot all at once, its body is programmed to store the food as big round fat to be burned slowly for the sake of survival.

If you change your dieting so that your eating habits are the exact opposite, your metabolism will also act differently in turn. Instead of eating a few giant meals each day, eat frequent, tiny meals. This gives your body a different message. Your body is being told that you get food on a very frequent basis, and so it should move the food through quickly, in turn. Eating small meals is key, though. Eating non-stop but still having huge meals will not help you at all. At that point, it doesn’t matter what message your metabolism has; because it can’t burn off that much food that quickly.

Take a moment to consider how much total food you eat in a day. All three meals, and snacks. Now take that same amount from those three meals and split it into six to eight meals distributed evenly.

You’re better off being the one that eats little amounts, frequently; as opposed to the one who eats a lot all at once so it can be stored in a big round belly.

You may find that you feel fuller and more satisfied then when you were eating two or three huge meals. You’ll also have more energy and won’t have that afternoon crash that follows a big lunch. Give it a try and see if it works for you.