Lose Weight By Eating More Often

November 28

The best way to lose weight is to eat every 21/2 to 3 hours. Eating frequent, small meals will help to keep you from overeating at any meal and from making unhealthy food choices.

Going for long periods of time without eating causes your metabolism to all but shut down to conserve fat and energy. A slower metabolism burns less calories. When you eat three large meals per day, you will tend to eat more at each meal and with a slower metabolism, it will be more difficult to burn off those calories.

Large meals will make you feel more sluggish than small, healthy meals. The idea is to keep your body satisfied with food, but not overindulge yourself which leads to weight gain.

Plus, if you are active, five meals will sustain you better, keeping sugar levels from falling and rising which may cause you to become hungry, tired and irritable.

The best way to succeed with this way of eating, is to plan your meals each day. If you work away from home, pack a lunch with healthy snacks of fruit, vegetables, cheese or crackers. Make sure you are getting enough protein, too.

When eating five times per day, keep the portions small—each serving about the size of the palm of your hand.

The key to portion control is to stop eating when you are full. Learn the language your body is speaking. Don’t take another bite past that satisfied feeling. Remember: your next meal is only a few hours away.

That’s the clincher, knowing you will be eating again in less than 3 hours, really does keep you from overeating. You can be free to enjoy your food, not have to worry about counting calories, and feel satisfied all day long. It really is the secret to eating more and weighing less.

My meal schedule works best this way: 7 am: breakfast. 10 am: snack. 1 pm: lunch. 4 pm: snack 7pm: dinner. I’ve eaten this way my whole life, and never had a weight problem or a significant health problem.

Give it a try. Nutritious food, in sensible portions, eaten several times a day really will keep your hunger satisfied and help you to lose those excess pounds.

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  1. Im an emotional eater and my husband currenlty lost his job which has caused me to go into an emotional bindge and gained 6 pounds in one month, how do I seperate my emotions and food, even if I try doing other activities to keep my mind of food, I still find myself ending up in the kitchen and stuffing anything and everything in my mouth??
    I have no desire to excersise or go to gym, all I want to do is stay in bed and hide from the world

    Please help me as I have really got fat now and way nearly 200 pounds
    and only 38yrs old and 1,78m tall

  2. Linda on 09/22/2009 at 2:13 pm
  3. I want to know how I can loose all the gained wieghed after the birth of my son, I seem to gain more instead of lossing it! I’m I doing something wrong, is there another slimming programme that I just try and does diet pills really work?

  4. Hayley on 10/06/2009 at 3:41 am
  5. Thanks for the info. It does make sense to eat more often. I find that I’ll eat until I’m satisfied from fruits and veggies. Then about an hour later I’ll have more fruits and veggies. This really works.

  6. Rebecca on 08/10/2010 at 3:04 am
  7. for those who eat emotionally…try to subsitute that habit with a different, helathier one. when i get stressed or upset with the way things are going in life. go for a run. not only will you have time to clear your mind, but the exercise will give you good feelings afterwards…and usually you don’t crave bad food after a run. i find it a good alternative. i know it’s a late response. wish i could have read this sooner. but if anyone else is looking at this i hope it helps them out!

  8. Lauren on 04/15/2011 at 2:03 pm

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