Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Try to Eat Smaller Meals More Often
This is in direct contrast to the dieting approach which suggests that the best way to lose weight is to skip one of your meals so as to lower the total calorie intake. Or the other approach which would have you reduce the amount of food you eat for each of these three daily meals.
The trouble with these " dieting" approaches is that by cutting down on your total calorie intake you are sending a message to your body that food is scarce, when in fact this is not the case at all. The truth is that most of us are only ever a few minutes walking distance from great reservoirs of food, whether it be your own refrigerator or the local supermarket. Food is not scarce at all!
But when your body does get the message that food is scarce it responds according to a set of survival instructions that were programmed into our genes over the two million year course of our evolution. For most of that time food was in short supply and we had to work hard to ensure that we did not go hungry.
On the occasions when food was in good supply it made sense from an evolutionary point of view to store any left over calories as body fat, so that when the lean times arrived again ( as they always did) there would be an energy reserve for the body to draw from.
Moreover, when food in the environment is scarce it makes sense for the body to burn food reserves more slowly, so as to conserve its store of energy for as long as possible. In other words, your metabolism drops when you starve yourself - you burn fat more slowly, and you pack it on whenever you get a chance to eat. This is the exact opposite of your intentions if your goal is to lose weight. So every day that you eliminate to be plaguing you so frequently right now.