Every single time you start a diet, you tell yourself that you will stick with this one. Then you do everything possible to eat in a healthy way when, in a weak moment, you feel overwhelmingly hungry and the next thing you know you are in the middle of a feeding frenzy.
So, the question is if there is a way to finally break the vicious cycle and lose all that weight forever. Perhaps it is time to not only look at what you are eating but when you are eating it.
Skip Meals Now, Overeat Later
Since you are already trying to lose weight, you must already know how important it is to watch how many calories you are eating every day. But did you know that the number of calories consumed during each meal will make a huge difference in the amount of weight you will lose?
There has been some evidence that people who do not eat breakfast end up eating only a couple but larger meals as the day goes on. These people usually weigh more than the people who are eating a good breakfast and four to five meals during the course of the day that are smaller. It is thought that the reason for this might be because the people who skip breakfast end up being ravenous and that makes it easy to succumb to temptation. This is according to Pete McCall, MS who is an exercise physiologist affiliated with the American council on Exercise.
The reality is that if you let yourself go for hours without a meal, blood sugar will go low and this can mean you will be shaky and hungry. This drop in blood sugar will often cause the loss of willpower and you will crave a treat that has lots of calories.
Smaller Meals, More Often
If you teach yourself to eat more frequent, smaller meals spread out during the day you may be better able to control your appetite and stick to your diet plan. If you are able to give your body the calories it needs ñ even if fewer than usual ñ you will not experience the pangs of starvation that ruin a lot of diets.
Mccall notes that if you are having three meals along with two or three snacks during the day you will find that your blood sugar is well regulated and well-maintained.
If your weight loss regimen requires you to eat fewer calories each day that makes it all the more important to spread your meals out during the day. This will let your body know that you are not starving it. Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD states that if you do not eat enough calories you will find your body will think its starving and it will conserve calories. This can completely sabotage your weight loss plan.
Managing Your Calorie Intake
When you switch from two to three heavy meals to five to six ìmini-meals,î you will probably notice that your metabolism and blood sugar are staying steady. McCall suggests that you should redo your daily intake of calories into these smaller meals along with hearty snacks. For example, his suggestion is that it is a good idea, if you are eating around 2,000 calories a day, to eat 500 or 600 of these calories at each of three meals along with two snacks that are approximately 100-200 calories each.
If the more substantial meals that you are eating seem to be allowing you to lose weight, then you probably do not have to worry about switching to smaller meals. But by spreading out your calorie intake, you may find it is easier to maintain appetite control and your diet will be much more successful. This is especially true if you have hit a plateau in your weight loss.
Remember that McCall says the most basic rules for losing weight are the same as always. Watch how many calories you eat and do not overeat.