Most people (including me) have been brought up to eat three meals a day. But I've just found out that this method of eating can actually cause us to put on weight!
It turns out eating only two or three meals a day causes the body to face long stretches without food, and therefore store fat. So what we truly need is eating 5 times a day, which makes it 3 substantial meals and 2 healthy snacks minimum! But how to make sure we eat that often without eating too much?
Well, here are my ideas!
The less junk food we buy, the healthier our diet will be. And we'll be more likely to feel hungry in a couple of hours after a bowl of soup than a platefull of french fries, a huge burger and a soda. What I am saying is, the healthier our substantial meals are, the more likely we'll be to have a healthy low calorie snacks in between, which is exactly what our bodies need - less food more frequently, right?
I know it sounds kind of boring and very summer-camp like, but planning our meals beforehand could be a great idea! This way you'll know exactly what you are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the times in between. This way we'll be able to stock up on healthy snacks like fruit, juice and nuts before the hunger heats us in front of a vending machine with chocolate bars and chips. Besides, think how much time and trouble we will save ourselves, if from the early morning we'll know what exactly we'll be having for dinner... Not only we'll know WHAT we want (steak, for instance), we'll then also know where to get it (in your favorite steak place in town), instead of wondering into some restaurant and sitting there staring at a menu without knowing what on Earth to order and wether it's any good.
Let's not only plan what to eat, but also schedule those meals. This way we won't have a chance at missing them. I think it's better to prevent hunger by having little something before the hunger takes over and I can no longer control it. So, I'd say, breakfast at 8am, snack at 10:30am, lunch at 1pm, another snack at 3pm and dinner at 6pm would be my schedule. And what schedule would be yours?
I know, I know, it's practically impossible to say "no" to drinking soda. But it's just like with any other bad habit, it's impossible until you actually do it. It took me about 2 weeks to break this dependence, and it was totally worth it. I haven't had a soda in over 2 years now and I absolutely don't miss it. My skin now looks great and I lost weight too! I now drink lots of water with lemon and fresh squeezed juice - it's delicious!
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So now you just have to make sure that you're eating healthy meals more often and you’ll suddenly feel so much healthier and... skinnier! If you’ve got any other tips on regular meals, or what to eat, please share them with me!
Enjoy your meals!
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