Why You Need To Eat More To Lose Weight?
Did you get surprised on reading the title of this post? It is a fact. To lose weight you need to eat more. Well, the right kind of things!
The ‘energy in and energy out’ concept is right but have a look at it this way, your car runs on petrol, if you over-fill its tank the petrol will start overflowing. Now, your body is also like a car and the petrol is the food that you put into it. If you eat too much it will show up as belly fat. However, a car can’t run without petrol. On the same lines, a human body can’t function without food. When you start eating less, there is less energy than what the body requires and so the body adapts itself to the situation and makes most of whatever you are feeding it. It holds onto the existing fat stores and starts using the muscle to get the energy you are depriving it of by not eating sufficiently.
The loss of muscle mass that happens due to not eating slows your metabolism down. This is so because the more muscle you have, the more amount of fat you will burn at rest. Research has also found that restricting your food can make you uncomfortable and irritable. This stress raises the levels of cortisol hormone in the body. The hormone is known to increase the storage of fat cells around your stomach. The outcome will be the complete opposite of what you expected. So, eating less is no good!
Eating less than your hunger or fasting cannot be a long term lifestyle change. Apart from missing out on nutrients, you will turn into a cranky person. Weight loss should bring suffering along .It should bring progress. Change your lifestyle for the better and start heading towards your weight loss goal in a healthy manner. Your weight loss journey should be full of smiles and not full of misery.
So, now you must be thinking how to go about it! Right? Here are some tips for you:
- Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and have a snack 3 hours later
You can munch on a fruit like apple or pear. You can also go in for a smoothie if you have the time.
- Eat your lunch at the right time and snack 3 hours later
The snack can be a bowl of salad with your favourite veggies.
- Keep your dinner as the smallest meal of the day
Fill half of your plate with veggies and have a cup of rice or a roti.
- If you feel hungry before falling asleep don’t ignore the call
Having a light snack will not affect your waistline. Instead of chips or biscuits have something made out of whole wheat and lean protein.
- When you feel hungry just eat
Don’t starve yourself and appear famished at the dining table as there are chances that you will start eating beyond control. If you feel hungry at an odd hour, just drink a glass of water and wait for 10 mins. Your body at times mistakes lack of water as hunger. If your hunger vanishes, it proves that you were just thirsty but if it lingers on, ask yourself if it is real hunger or just boredom. If you are bored, try to distract yourself. If you happen to be really hungry, then go ahead and have something. Your body will thank you.
Will you eat more to lose weight?
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