You might think that those super toned tiny little women at your gym are experts at eating as little as possible. You’d be wrong. Those women, and men, eat a lot and eat often.
Because they know that in order to keep their body at its most efficient they need fuel.
You’ve probably heard that the people who have been successful at weight loss eat 5-6 times per day and always eat breakfast. To some this seems counter intuitive. “How can I eat more AND lose weight?”
Think about your body as a house you have to heat and your metabolism is a wood stove. What’s more efficient? Putting in a log or two at a time throughout the day to maintain a constant temperature (calorie burn) or letting the fire burn out, then restarting it with a big pile of logs? You already know what you feel like when you let your own fire burn out. You get cranky and sluggish and want to take a nap. And forget about wanting to exercise.
An influx of calories (or a session of exercise) boosts your metabolism so you can keep burning fuel efficiently, i.e. burning more calories and fat stores throughout the day when you aren’t even doing anything. For this reason, snacking (healthfully) is your friend. It keeps you from overindulging at every meal because you are starving between them.