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Published on: 07 Mar 2017 by alexis-kirkwood
Forget everything you’ve been told about weight loss
up to this point. Eating more food is the best, if not the only way to lose
weight steadily. And as much as that sounds like the most peculiar line of
reasoning ever, there is plenty of fact-based evidence to show that it is not
just a new weight loss fad that will eventually blow over.
For all the “calorie-watchers” out there, here are a
few things you should learn.
· When your body is not getting all the energy it
needs from the food you’re eating, it automatically begins to “horde” the
energy reserves, such as the fat stores, while conversely getting rid of the
high-calorie-burning muscle. As we all know, the loss of lean muscle mass
doesn’t play out well when your body already has too much fat reserves.
· The more muscle you lose, the slower your body
metabolizes. This means you will be burning a lot less fat when your body is at
rest. As mentioned earlier, your calorie-burning muscle mass will decrease,
leaving nothing to get rid of the excess fatty tissue.
· Intermittent fasting or strict dieting that involves
small, measured out portions of food will eventually make you very irritable
and stressed about not getting enough to eat. When stressed, your body begins
to produce cortisol, a steroid hormone that triggers the increased storage of
visceral fat cells in your stomach.
The ironic truth is that the more you deny your body
the food and nutrients it so much craves, the more it packs on the weight. This
explains why most people ditch their weight loss programs, even if they’ve used vitacost coupons to buy, after a week or two
or don’t get to see as much progress as they expect.
The Remedy: Eat More, but Eat Healthier
There is no secret to this approach, Tim Salivan from SpiQy, says. Assuming you’ve
already cut down your refined sugar and trans-fat intake, all you need to do is
to eat healthy more regularly.
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, should
never be skipped. In fact, consider having a big breakfast every day followed
by a light, healthy snack after three hours. It could be an apple, a banana, a
whole grain cookie, or any nutritious trinkets you can find in your pantry.
Never skip lunch as well. Try as much as possible to
have lunch during the lunch hours, and not in the evening. Do not worry about
getting hungry later because you can always nibble on baby carrots, some nuts,
or munch on another whole grain cookie or two about three hours after. As for
the composition of your plate, two-thirds should always be veggies. Divide the
remaining portion into starch and protein to balance out your meal.
Dinner should be a light meal on account of the fact
that the digestive system works a lot less slowly during the night. Again, fill
up your plate with vegetables and perhaps a little starch to boost. If you have
an early dinner, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little healthful
snack before bed.
The Takeaway: Give Your Body What it needs
Starving yourself in the name of cutting down body fat
is counteractive, as we’ve already seen. Your calorie intake should be at least
as much as your body needs to consume while it is at rest. But don’t go
counting calories, eat enough to sate your hunger without overdoing it, and,
most importantly, eat healthy.