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Skipping Meals. Some dieters skip breakfast, lunch and then eat from dinner until bedtime. This is a way of accumulating calories rather than spreading their food intake throughout the day. So, when the weight scale goes up, they blame it on “nighttime eating” as the problem.
The key is to space your meals, and not the timing. Because it is harder to lose weight when you skip meals. Your body resist will by slowing down your “metabolism,” which is rate at which you burn calories. Researchers have shown that eating fewer meals can actually lead to weight gain, as well as loss of intakes such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
You will lose weight more efficiently if you eat several smaller meals a day rather than one or two. By spacing your food intake throughout the day, you will feel deprived or get so hungry that you end up overeating later on. Also, it will help to keep your blood-sugar and energy levels on track.
That doesn’t mean you can simply eat whatever you want. You still must watch your calorie and fat intake. The bottom line is that there is no benefit trying to live on one meal a day.
You are the best judge of what meal plan will work for you. Here are some tips to help you:
- Eat Regularly and don’t go longer than five hours without food.
- Spread your calorie intake over four or five “mini meals eaten throughout the day.
- Make sure “mini meals are low in fat, because dietary fat easily turns into body fat than other “carbohydrates” or “protein.”
- Eat breakfast. It is important to provide your body with food throughout the day, when you are active.
- Plan to have snacks during the day.
- Make sure to include nutritious carbohydrates in your “mini meals.
- Skipping meals to cut back on calories only leave you feeling tired, hungry and deprived.
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