It sounds like an oxymoron: eat more and lose weight. But like so many other fitness myths out there, cutting down your food intake isn’t a successful weight loss strategy. Yes, portion control is important. But you still have to eat the right amount of calories in order to provide your body with enough fuel to burn calories and increase your metabolism. When you don’t eat enough throughout the day, your body begins to slow down because it thinks it is starving. Instead of burning fat, it stores fat so that it can regulate itself. This is the main reason why dieting or “eating less” doesn’t work.
Numerous studies have shown that limiting your calories actually hinders your ability to lose weight. Eating numerous meals throughout the day gives your body the energy it needs to burn fat. In order to get the most out of your workout, you need enough fuel. Exercising on an empty stomach isn’t good for you or your workout. You’ll feel sluggish and your body won’t have enough energy to burn calories, which basically means that you won’t burn any fat.
It’s also been proven that the average “diet” causes individuals to think about food more, which often leads to self-sabotage. The only way lose weight effectively is to eat more. Isn’t that great news? But before you go out and chow down on an entire pizza, keep in mind that eating more doesn’t mean stuffing yourself silly with junk food. It means eating more of the good foods that provide your body with a sufficient amount energy and fuel in order to increase your metabolism and burn calories.
Here are some helpful ways to start eating more:
• There’s a whole world of fruits and vegetables out there just waiting for you, and you can never eat too many of them. Fruits and vegetables are natural foods that provide essential nutrients for a healthy body. They also contain a lot of water, which helps cleanse the body and fill up the stomach.
• Whole grain and fiber-rich foods also fill you up. They are satisfying and healthy and the same time, so you will never feel hungry after eating a decent portion of fiber-rich foods and whole grain.
• Supplement red meats with healthier meats, such as chicken and pork. You can still make tasty meals, such as stir-fry or turkey burgers that are just as delicious yet a whole lot healthier.
• Beans and nuts are a great source of protein. If you cut out red meat, make sure that you are getting enough protein in your diet to fuel your workouts.
• Indulge every once and while. Diets don’t work because they are built around lack and the idea of punishment. Cut yourself some slack and eat some of your favorite foods from time to time. Everything is good in moderation. Keeping certain foods off limits only makes you want them more, and increases your chances of binging in an unhealthy way.