How much food should we eat to lose weight?
Well, we probably already know it’s a combination of not only the quantity of food we eat but also what we’re eating that will help us transform our bodies. Even though most of us grew up in households where we were taught to believe that “three square meals a day” was healthiest it turns out that isn’t the best way to keep our bodies in optimal working condition. Back in the day of the cavemen…hunters and gatherers people ate small “meals” throughout the day. They grazed on plants, fruits and vegetation and only enjoyed a large meal of meat on those occasions when they could catch and kill it. Their metabolisms weren’t messed up, they ate what was in season and aligned with changes in weather etc.Eating small meals every three hours or so keeps our engines running, optimizes the absorption and energy utilization of our food and maintains a steady metabolism throughout the day where we are consistently burning calories. We are using the energy we ingest but also because the meals are much smaller we are tapping into our fat stores and using those also for our caloric needs during the day. We aren’t storing as much energy as fat because we are eating less and using what we eat as we eat it. We also aren’t experiencing the “starvation” mode that dieting can sometimes switch our bodies into due to excessive caloric deprivation. When we restrict our intake excessively our bodies will more aggressively hold on to the stored fat believing that we may be experiencing starvation and need that stored fat for sustenance and survival in the days to come. Instead of using the fat for energy when our meal is depleted our body will begin to break down lean muscle tissue and use it before the fat is used.
Keeping your insulin levels under contol is key for preventing carbohydrate cravings and triggering hunger. Eating non starchy vegetables and protein with limited fruits and starchy carbs like beans, rice and potatoes will help to achieve that end. Instead of storing fat you will use the energy efficiently and begin to normalize your metabolism.
How much food to eat will differ from person to person except for saying that your main meal should be earlier in the day. Keep night time eating to a minimum and remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. That will also help to prevent false hunger caused by dehydration.