May 29, 2012

Eat More Often to Lose Weight

Stop starving yourself, lose weight

Starving yourself, skipping meals and limiting calories are not how you lose weight. In fact, eating more frequently can help you lose weight healthfully and effectively. Here are some tips on how eating small meals throughout the day can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Eat more to increase metabolism

When you skip a meal or wait too long to eat, you may wind up binging on unhealthy foods or snacks because you're acting on hunger. You are also more likely to overeat and consume too many calories. In fact, studies show that people who eat fewer meals also eat larger meals and many more calories weigh more than people who eat breakfast and four or five smaller meals a day.

Control your appetite with smaller meals

You can control your appetite and weight by eating smaller meals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals, which is common for the average American. With three meals and a couple healthy snack breaks, you keep your glucose level from dropping too low and are less likely to satiate hunger with calorie-laden options.

Because your body goes into starvation mode when your body needs to refuel, which can ultimately cause you to gain weight, you prevent your body from holding onto calories (when in starvation mode) through several "mini meals" throughout the day.

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Source: EverydayHealth.com