When you’re trying to lose weight, being told you should eat more seems counter-productive. But it’s really the frequency you need to increase, not the calories.For example, a recent Harvard study found that those who ate breakfast regularly were less likely to become obese, compared to those who skipped it.
Rather than cutting calories from your day, meal skipping tends to lead to binging later. A grumbling stomach can make you lose control by late afternoon, bulldozing over any will power as you dive into that bag of chips.
Meal skipping also can slow down your metabolism — so you’re doing double damage when you do binge. Your body needs a certain amount of calories and nutrients each day for normal function. Denying the body these essential elements throws the system into survival mode, slowing metabolism and encouraging the storage of fat.
Snack to Boost Metabolism
Another way to keep your metabolism humming is by eating every three to four hours during the day. This isn’t a license to eat full-blown meals every few hours, though. Instead, you should slip a healthy snack in between lunch and dinner. But watch portion size and the type of food you eat. Aim for less than 200 calories. Try low-fat string cheese, cut-up vegetables with low-cal ranch dressing, peanut butter on apple slices, a handful of nuts or a cup of yogurt to satisfy your hunger. With a snack to tide you over, you’re less likely to overeat at your next meal.
A quick meal or snack idea is a Slimplicity® shake. While it’s an ideal meal replacement, you can also use it between meals to satisfy your hunger and keep your metabolism on track. In addition, Accelerator capsules, part of the Slimplicity Weight Loss System, can help control your appetite and guide you to better food choices all day long.