Are you trying to lose weight and get annoyed because you eat a lot less than your friends?
Do you make an extra effort by skipping a meal or two, to make up for that unhealthy meal you had?
Or are you someone that just cannot eat first thing in the morning, so you skip breakfast?
All these factors are hindering your weight loss and are actually causing you to put weight on.
When our bodies are not fed regularly, they go into a ‘survival mode’ whereby they think there is no food to be had. In order to ‘survive’, your metabolism then reduces to conserve energy (calories) rather than using it up.
Typically what also then happens when you finally eat, having not eaten all day you will often eat larger portions and opt for unhealthy food as you are extremely hungry.
In order to combat this stick to the following rules;
1. 3 healthy balanced meals a day e.g. containing a source of protein, carbohydrate and fruit/veg at each meal.
2. Make time for breakfast EVERY DAY. If you are leaving for work early, or do not have enough time to have breakfast before you go. Then simply take it with you, or have something portable to eat in the car like some breakfast biscuits or a banana.
3. Plan ahead. If you know that you will be getting in late from work or are too busy to cook on a certain night, then try ‘bulk’ cooking and freezing up portions ready to combat you skipping meals.
4.Snack. If you are someone who has long days at work you may be waiting around 7 hours between your breakfast and lunch or lunch and evening meal. This is too long for your body t o go without food, so plan in some healthy snacks such as a cereal bar, piece of fruit, a yoghurt or vegetable sticks with humus.
5. No excuses. We all live busy lives and if you let it, life will get in the way. Unfortunately, most of us can’t change how busy we are, so instead of coming up with reasons as to why you cant adopt regular eating, find ways around those barriers.