Eating to Lose Weight
That’s right. You heard me say it: eating to lose weight. I’ll say it one more time to let it sink in: eating to lose weight.
Now why in the world would someone eat to lose weight? Well, here’s the secret: It’s not the amount of food really, but the number of times. Let’s look over a couple of myths so I can explain it to you a little better:
1. “You have to eat less to lose weight.” If you’re downing a gallon of milk with a bag of cookies, then yeah, it’s time to cut back some. However, if you’re eating sensibly and not losing weight if you’re overweight, then it’s probably when and how often. Your stomach is like a log fire. Keep logs on it and it keeps burning (calories), but if you let it go out, it takes forever to get it going again. So you need to eat smaller meals but more often in the day, like 5 or 6 times. What’s good is 3 regular meals and 2 to 3 snacks. If you drink plenty of water with each meal and spread them out, then you’ll feel full most of the day and your metabolism will run like crazy, burning the heck out of calories. Snacks should be slightly smaller than meals.
2. “You have to eat vegetables or food that tastes bad to lose weight.” Veggies are good for you, sure. But they are not a necessity to losing weight. I eat pizza once a week. I also have hamburgers and fries. And I’ve lost over 70 pounds so far from diet alone. If you don’t get enough vegetables, then hopefully you’re at least taking a decent multivitamin. The main thing to remember is to not go nuts. Limit your portions. Don’t eat an entire medium pizza. Eat a personal size pizza or 1 or 2 slices of the medium instead. The cool thing is you get to do it again in about 2 hours.
Eating food makes the body burn calories. Eating too much food makes it store fat. However, eating small amounts throughout the day keeps it burning calories even when you’re sleeping. When I first started my diet, I’d go to bed and wake up 5 pounds lighter. Sure, I weighed 355 pounds so that much came off easily, but it was purely by diet changes. Don’t let your “log fire” burn out and you’ll be shedding pounds fast without very much work at all. When that stops working, then you will need the exercise to lose weight. But you’ll be in better shape and able to handle the exercise easier.
Written by Mike White of Saphrym.com