Even though it is common sense that eating less, thus consuming fewer calories will lead to weight loss. At least that’s the idea. It doesn’t account for the fact that even if you are very strict in your diet, there are times when you just give in and overeat, which in turn could turn into a feeding frenzy.
By strictly cutting back on calories, you actually are telling your body to slow down your metabolism to compensate as it’s a natural body function to save you from starvation. This basically means that you could actually eat less, but still not lose the weight you want. If this is so, what are you supposed to do to break this cycle and finally lose some weight? Read on for some tips.
Skipping Meals Leads To Overeating
During your process of chasing after various diet tricks, you’ve obviously come to realize that keeping tracking of calories is a big part of the equation. What you probably didn’t know though is that the time you consume those calories and the frequency will make a big difference in your weight loss efforts.
Through eating studies, there is strong evidence to suggest that those who skip breakfast and put the emphasis on larger meals at the end of the day tend to weigh more than those eat a hearty breakfast. Those who do have a big breakfast also tend to eat more frequently during the day but smaller meals. The reasoning for this is the ones who skip breakfast feel hungrier during the day and give in to more temptation because of that hunger. Pete McCall, respected exercise physiologist states, “When you skip meals, you will more than likely over eat.”
If you push it and go without any sustenance for a long period of time, your blood sugar will drop. This leads to being shaky and the willpower you may have had will be broken. It’s common at this point to reach for an easy calorie heavy sugary snack to compensate.
Eat More Often But Smaller
By eating more frequently but smaller in size, you avoid this problem and keep your hunger at bay. By doing so, your appetite will be better controlled since you are giving your body the calories it needs to survive and avoid triggering the starvation feeling that will slow your metabolism down. This is what usually derails most people’s diets.
McCall notes that by keeping your blood sugar in check by regulating it with the consistent amount of necessary calories for energy, your body chemistry will be more stable.
Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD reinforces the idea that we’ve mentioned that when you lessen the amount of food you eat, you must eat more frequently in order to reassure your body that you are not starving at all. This starvation mode that holds on to every calorie you consume will derail any weight loss program so absolutely must be controlled.
Important To Manage Your Calorie Intake
Don’t follow this advice blindly, though. If your goal is to eat 2000 calories a day and bigger meals are working for you, don’t switch it immediately. The suggestions mentioned here are for those who have reached a plateau or who are not having success at all. By breaking up your meals to eat more frequently, you will help boost your metabolism. In the end, it is about managing our calorie intake. Do not over consume and you are on the right path.