Lose Weight By Eating More!
by Lee LeBlanc
How many meals should you eat a day?
Should you eat three square meals a day? How about just two meals a day if you’re trying to lose weight? Maybe you should skip breakfast and lunch and only eat dinner? How about skipping dinner and only having a snack? Or maybe you shouldn’t eat past 6:00pm? You’re probably thinking, “Come on Lee, just tell me the magic number of meals.” The answer is SIX! You should eat six meals a day (or in other words, every three hours you’re awake). Meaning, you should put a balanced meal into your system (stomach), or a balanced snack into your mouth every three hours.
What’s a balanced meal or snack?
I’ll go more in depth on this “balanced meal/snack” in a future article, but here it is in its simplest form:
1/3 carbohydrates (breads, pastas)
1/3 Protein (steak, fish, beans, eggs)
1/3 Fibrous vegetable (lettuce, celery)
Drink water with every meal and all throughout the day.
Combine that with a small amount of fat in each meal.
Remember, fat doesn’t make you fat. Eating too much food for your body and not exercising enough causes you to store fat.
“WHAT? Six meals a day?”
Yes, six. “But doesn’t that mean I’ll be eating more?” No, what it means is that you’ll be eating more often. You’ll be breaking your meals down into smaller, more digestible components.
Put your two fists together and you have the size of your stomach (when it’s empty). Most people eat a meal two or three times the size of their stomach. You can’t easily digest all that. It puts a titanic strain on your body. Almost all of the blood goes to your stomach and its vast network of arteries. Besides your brain, your stomach is where most of your blood is located! And that’s why you feel sleepy. It’s only in part because of the food, but more accurately, it’s due to the fact that a lot of your blood is rushing into to your abdomen to carry away what you just ate.
Picture yourself at a gas station filling up your gas tank to full. Now imagine filling up the trunk of your car. Instead of giving your car plenty of gas to run on, what you did was add extra weight; so now when you get in and start driving, it feels sluggish, heavy, and sleepy. You hit the accelerator and you hear the engine strain as it pulls that extra weight in the trunk. And guess what? it’s going to be really hard to get to that gas in the trunk of the car. Hard, but not impossible!
Why weigh yourself down with all that extra fuel, or food, when you don’t need it? You’re an incredibly complex biological being. But that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out how to master eating to make it your greatest ally. And this isn’t a rigid system. There are no rules to it. Do it when you can, as much as you can, with as much commitment you can muster, and you will see results sooner than you think. Do it with 80% consistency, that’s just five of the seven days in any week, and see how it works for you.
What does 6 meals do for you?
Keeps your blood sugar level constant. This means you won’t have those low energy periods throughout the day (I feel like taking a long nap), or they’ll be reduced.
Keeps your body from storing fat. Since your body is getting constant fuelling, it has no need to store extra fuel (fat).
Allows you to splurge on your favorite “junk foods.” That’s right, if you treat your body right, you can splurge when you feel you need to and not deprive yourself.
Listen to me, all you have to do to lose weight is eat more often, exercise more than 30 minutes a day and lower your calorie intake — can you cut out a bagel a day?
“Still not convinced?” Well then, go do it. Putting your body into action is more powerful than anything you’ll ever read or hear.
Building Body, Mind and Soul,
Lee LeBlanc is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft Myers, Florida. He’s currently working on his personal training certificate and a bachelor’s degree in a communication discipline (which he designed himself). Lee says that his purpose in life is to inspire, motivate and empower others to reach their true potential by coaching, mentoring, and teaching them how to reach a balance with their body, soul, and mind. You can write Lee with your questions or comments at Ldleblan@eagle.fgcu.edu