Many people have the misconception that not eating is the best solution to lose weight. However, the truth is that eating more throughout the day can give you better results. A healthy workout regime combined with a balanced diet is the most effective way to lose weight.
Trying to shed pounds often comes with the simple “eat less and lose weight” advice. While this is true to some extent, one cannot just stop eating and expect pounds to melt away. The body responds to lack of food on an extreme level by going into starvation mode which actually reduces the calories needed to maintain a healthy balance. It becomes a vicious cycle then for those who have too much weight. They eat less, lose a little, return to normal habits and gain it all back (and then some).
How can one then successfully drop pounds without going into starvation mode? The basic rule does apply. If you eat less you will burn stored calories. The trick is to eat less while making sure your body has a steady stream of fuel anyway. For many people this means eating 5 meals a day instead of 3 in order to keep from over eating at any single time. By breaking down calorie intake into smaller meals, and taking time to eat by chewing well, one can lower their intake because they will stop eating when they feel full.
Instead of not eating one should then look at a plan that works with small substitutions to their normal diet. Changing from fried foods to steamed foods is one small trick to increase volume and reduce calories being consumed. Another is to pace your eating so that it takes you 20 minutes or more to finish. This leaves you time to register if you are full or not before you reach for a second helping.
Part of healthy weight management also includes a proper exercise regime. A 20 minute cardiovascular workout 3 times per week can drastically speed up the metabolism of someone who is generally not very active. This is important to understand because for those who feel like eating healthy isn’t getting them the results they want, exercise is a variable that they are often missing. If you have problems with staying motivated, try group training like Pilates classes or Les Mills classes. In these classes, you will find people with common interest and goals. It builds a sense of camaraderie and empowerment.
The fact is dropping pounds is not easy. The body is designed to maintain a “proper” weight. The problem comes in from having that sensor rebalanced to think overweight is the proper weight it wants to preserve. Reprogramming your body means eating less but in a way so that it believes there is plenty of food. The best way to do this is to offer yourself small meals through the day so that the body has a steady supply of fresh fuel, but to still reduce overall calorie intake by eating smart.
This guest blog post was written by Joshua Belland, a Search Engine Marketer and Web Developer. Belland is passionate about writing on topics like technology, programming, design, and physical fitness.