Want to Lose Weight? Eat More, Not Less! Huh?!

Eating several smaller, healthier meals daily - combined with regular exercise - should help you meet your goal.
Eating several smaller, healthier meals daily – combined with regular exercise – should help you meet your goal.

I think most people want to lose weight — whether just a couple of pounds or a couple of hundred. No matter where your goal is on that scale (pun intended), the formula for doing so is pretty much the same:

Diet and exercise.

Both are essential to achieving and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Thankfully, more and more people are exercising. However, many of them are not maximizing their efforts because they don’t have a sound eating strategy.

It’s not easy. There are simply too many options. Too many foods. Too many “diets”. Too many cooking shows even! And too much foods on our plates.

This post will not bring clarity to each of those areas, at least not today. But  we’ll offer one simple thought: Eat more, not less.

Say what?

That’s right. One widely accepted strategy is to eschew the traditional model of daily eating – three meals a day – and instead eat several times daily.

Why? Most simply, eating more often allows your body to always have the “fuel” it needs to burn in order to provide you with energy. Going long stretches without food may force the body to burn muscle for fuel, rather than the food your body is digesting.

But here’s the key: Portion control. You want to east as many as five or even six times daily, but think of each of them as either mini-meals or snacks, interspersed approximately every three or four hours.

Of course a bagel lathered in cream cheese or an ice cream sundae or some other fatty foods should be avoided. They aren’t meals in any eating plan.

For tips on getting started and maintaining healthy many-meal plan, check out this post from Mind, Body, Green.

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