How To Eat Calories

Posted: August 14, 2008 in health, nutrition, Weight Loss
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In my last post I provided a quick and easy way to determine your caloric needs.  One of the biggest mistakes most people make when trying to lose weight is to cut their calories when actually you probably need to eat more.  The “more” refers to the right amount of calories to permanantly lose weight and the right type of food to support your goals.  Remember if you restrict calories your body will go into survival mode and stor fat for the energy it needs that you are not giving it to survive.  Also, as you go from diet to diet, as many people do, you will ultimately gain more fat and have a harder and harder time losing weight.  This results because over time your fat to lean muscle ratio increases.  The key is to utilize a reasonable and correct nutritional strategy.  Research has also shown significantly better results when nutrition is coupled with an exercise program. (P.S. aerobics is not the most efficient way to lose fat!)

So, the first thing you need to do is to eat 5-6 times per day.  Especially breakfast.  Your body has been fasting all night long and if you do not supply it with nutrients it will rob your lean muscle mass and bones to get the nutrient it needs to survive and keep your body running.  Not 5-6 full meals.  Take the caloric needs you calculated (see previous post) and simply divide this number by five and you have the amount of calories needed in each meal.  For example, if you need to consume 2500 calories per day then you would want to eat 5 meals each consisting of 500 calories.  You would want to make sure your carbs are complex and your protein is a lean source.  Remember a calorie is not a calorie.  What composes your meals is important. (A topic for another post)

           1. calculate your caloric needs

           2. Eat 5-6 meals per day

Keep it simple and just begin by eating 5 meals.  This stabilizes blood sugar and regulates energy.

Once this habit is adopted then focus on the quality of your food.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

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