What if I told you that you could lose weight at a faster pace by eating more (more frequently that is)? Well depending on your diet right now, you might just be able to. If you are still just eating a basic 3 meals a day diet you might not be burning as many calories as you can throughout the day. It’s been shown that by eating smaller size portions more frequently throughout the day we can significantly increase the number of calories that we burn. Anytime you eat your body is required to use energy to digest that food, which means your metabolism is temporarily increased. We can really take advantage of this fact by eating a small meal or snack about every 2 ½ to 3 hours during the day. This means no more skipping meals or taking long periods of time in between eating. Doing so will significantly slow down your metabolism, making it hard for your body to digest and burn food when you do finally eat.
The most important meal that you might be missing is breakfast. Yes, it really is the most important meal of the day. We can greatly improve metabolism and energy levels by drinking a glass of water and eating breakfast within one hour of waking up. After a long night’s rest and fast our body’s metabolism is barely working when we first wake up. By eating and drinking we jumpstart the metabolism and start burning calories ( A recent study showed a 24% increase in metabolism after drinking 16 oz. of water in the morning).
Not only do we rev up our metabolism by eating a healthy breakfast, we also can stabilize our blood sugar leading to higher energy levels throughout the day and can also help control appetite which may prevent unhealthy eating for the rest of the day.
So now can you see by eating more frequently, you can actually burn more calories? So remember to have a healthy meal or snack about every 3 hours to help keep your metabolism revved up and avoid skipping meals. By skipping breakfast you are over 4 times more likely to be overweight. So always remember to eat a healthy breakfast and try to get 16 oz. of water within an hour of waking up.
If you implement these helpful tips to your diet and exercise programs you will not only see the difference but feel it also.