You know what the best way to lose body fat is? It’s by eating small, frequent meals throughout the day. That’s also the best way to build lean muscle tissue. And more lean muscle tissue means your metabolism will be faster. Faster metabolism means more fat loss. You need an overhaul on your metabolism if you aren’t hungry during the day.
Now before you know what is wrong with your metabolism it’s probably best to go over what it is and why it is so important. You see your metabolism determines how many calories you burn throughout the day. This is your basal metabolic rate. How many calories your body burns during the day is determined by a lot of different factors; some you have control over, some you don’t. The biggest factors are exercise, genetics, body size, lean muscle tissue, other physical activity or movement, and diet.
When you can only eat once, or twice, or a maximum of three times a day it means your metabolism is very slow. You should start to feel hunger around 2-3 hours. Your body is a machine. Start thinking of it this way. And for a machine to be able to perform at the optimal level it needs to be fueled. Food is your fuel. You have trained your body and it’s metabolism to be slow by constantly eating a maximum of only 3 meals a day.
What a slow metabolism does to your body is you stop burning fat. That’s by far the most important aspect for you. Weather we like it or not the majority of people care more about looking great naked or looking sexy then they do about their overall health. That’s the kind of world we live in, focusing on looks. But the good news is that for most people who look good your overall health will be pretty good too. But neither will get to a ‘good’ level if you are only eating 3 times or less a day.
You see, your body wants to burn fat all day-even at rest while you sit here and read this. Your body’s fat burning mechanism requires fuel to work, much like other machines. It requires food to work!
So what you need to do is transition to 5 or more meals a day. And when by meals it doesn’t mean actual ‘meals’ like you are used to. Your calories will be a lot less in each. So say over the 3 meals you were consuming during the day you were taking in 2500 calories. That’s 833 calories per meal. Now let’s say you up your ‘meals’ to 6 a day. The average calories per ‘meal’ should be 415. But even this will change too. Let me break it down for you meal by meal because it can get confusing.
Example Calorie Day:
7:00 am Meal 1 (Breakfast)- 650 calories (Breakfast is supposed to be your biggest meal)
10:00 am Meal 2- 350 calories
12:30 pm Meal 3 (Lunch)- 500 calories
3:30 pm Meal 4- 325 calories
6:30 pm Meal 5 (Dinner)- 400 calories
9:30 pm Meal 6- 200 calories
In the example above the total caloric intake was 2425. But the calories came spaced out throughout the day, which is what your body wants in order to turn on the fat burning mechanism. It will also increase your metabolism. You will have more energy throughout the day, your immune system will improve, you will get sick a lot less, and you will feel a remarkable difference in day-to-day activities. Keep in mind the above is just an example, every person is different. 2,425 calories might cause someone to either gain a lot of weight, lose a lot of weight, or be the right dose. By far the hardest part is to figure out what your body needs exactly. But this is your starting point. This is how you would do it in Columbus, or anywhere. Go to it!