BE A GRAZER – MINI MEALS
Let me give you an early hint (other than the one contained in the title of this article!):
If you wanted to get as fat as possible, you should eat one giant meal per day. Sounds ludicrous, but loads of people are following something very close to this type of eating schedule. The practice of skipping breakfast, eating a small lunch, and then eating an enormous dinner followed by dessert is far too common. This is an easy habit to fall into though, because of the nature of our lifestyles. With everything being so faced paced, who has time for breakfast?
Who has time for a healthy lunch? It’s a lot easier to hit the drive thru. And by the time you’re home from work you are starving! Now you’re really in trouble. If you get to the point in the day where you’re starving, it usually means you’ve waited too long before eating again.
When you wait too long between meals, you will overeat and crave the types of food you’re trying to avoid. In addition, your body can go into starvation mode. Through years of evolution, our bodies have learned that in times of famine or
lack of food supply, we should store our body fat for fuel, in case the famine continues. This is programmed into our bodies, and is a big reason why eating all of your food at one, two, or three meals is not a good idea for someone looking to get and stay lean.
Even if you stick with the standard 3 meals a day, your body will dip in and out of starvation mode periodically. Waiting 5-6 hours to eat again is too long. Our bodies perform much better on a more frequent feeding schedule. And eating large meals will provide large spikes in your blood sugar and insulin, which leads to more fat storage.
Instead of spreading our daily food intake over 3 meals, we should be shooting for 5-6 meals per day.