The whole idea that you need to eat 5 – 6 meals a day to lose fat, is a myth. It doesn’t have any scientific backing, in fact research suggests that there is absolutely not difference in metabolism between having 2 – 3 meals a day and 5 – 6 meals a day.
But when I first started on my fat loss journey, it is something that I believed in. But over these years, I’ve read a lot of research, I’ve personally tried a few things out and realised that it hasn’t made even the tiniest difference in my fat loss.
It’s slowly being broken, this myth, but it’s still a very prevalent thing when you talk to any one about fat loss, it’s one of the first things that they tell you, that you should be having 5 – 6 small meals a day to keep your metabolism fired up or something like that. It’s absolutely rubbish.
In reality, your body is a well-designed and efficient machine.
Having 2 to 3 meals is all that it needs.
The way the body is designed is that, you eat a meal, the meal gets digested and absorbed in your blood stream and what gets used straight away gets used straight away, and the rest is stored as fat in our bodies. In the period between meals, when the body needs energy, it uses the stored energy from the body fat stores.
Unfortunately, eating every 2 to 3 hours means we are artificially stopping this mechanism from happening and over a long period of time, this breaks the hormonal balance inside us and leads to us being hungry all the time and also because of the huge amount of carbohydrates we eat, the hormones break further.
Your blood stream cannot have more than 25 milligrams of glucose at a given time. Anything above that is toxic to the body. So it gets pulled out of the bloodstream and stored in fat cells as fat. Not directly as fat, it goes through a process and then gets converted to fat. Because of the insulin in the blood stream we stop burning fat.
One of the first thing to do is to stop eating the snacks that you eat in between meals. As you go and transition into a low carb lifestyle. You will stop feeling hungry all the time. It is one of the best benefits of going to a low carb lifestyle. It changes so many things, it’s made life so much easier. I don’t need to pack 5 meals when going out any more . All I need is 2 – 3 meals a day, and I am more than satisfied and my body has come to a point where it’s starting to use my body stored fat for energy. This is what you would be wanting to do as well if you want to lose fat in the long term and get healthy and fit.
It is still one of the myths that are being propagated by supplement companies, food companies and the body building community.
Personal trainers come with this, “All you’ve got to have is 5 to 6 meals a day for you to lose fat”. It’s absolutely rubbish. Please stop believing those sort of things. If you really need the scientific studies, you can do a Google search and you’ll find a scientific studies done to break that myth.
Our bodies are designed to cope with the feast and famine response where our ancestors wouldn’t have had fast food chain stores to go into, they had to hunt, gather and eat, which meant they went long periods, of probably a day or two, in between their meals. They survived just fine because most of the food was very natural and straight from the source.
The obese and people who want to lose fat, can lose fat naturally by going on a low-carb diet as when you go on a low-carb diet, the amount of free insulin in your blood goes down and your body starts to use the stored fat for energy and leptin which is another hormone in our bodies that controls a hunger response, gets better once we get more Leptin sensitive and insulin sensitive, we start to feel less hungrier and our body starts to use the excess fat that’s in our fat cells for energy and we start to naturally lose fat and get fit and healthy. You don’t have to go to the gym or exercise for 2 to 3 hours a day and do all these things. Most of us are busy, we just do not have the time to do that. But if you can make low carb eating your eating lifestyle, it will help to automatically and naturally lose the fat that you’ve got stored in your bodies.
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