Conventional wisdom dictates that if you want to shed those extra pounds, you must eat less. And while it’s true that your calorie burn should be greater than your intake, noshing on smaller, more frequent meals always trumps obsessing over calorie count to the point of starving yourself.
It may sound counterintuitive, but the better way to weight loss is to keep your body satiated. Here’s why:
Eating too little slows down your metabolism significantly until it reaches a point where your body actually adjusts and becomes used to your crash-dieting ways. The result? No real, sustainable weight loss.
Because your body is on starvation mode, it will hold on to whatever small amount of calories you put into it. Yes, your body will store them as fat—conserving the calories instead of blasting them.
The principle is simple: If you don’t starve and deprive yourself, your body will trust you more. Metabolism is then regulated. The goal is to keep your body satiated so you can sidestep mindless munching and all-out bingeing later on in the day. Nutritionists actually suggest eating every 3 hours for a total of six to eight meals a day. Your aim is to never let yourself go so hungry.
This means picking good quality food rather than just focusing on the quantity you take in. If your diet is composed of nutritious, unprocessed eats, then you shouldn’t be afraid to consume more. Once you learn to make better choices, it’ll be easier to develop a better relationship with food.