When we eat may be just as important as what we eat or how much we eat when it comes to getting healthier. This is because our bodies and minds are like fine tuned machines that, when treated correctly, will provide us with the best results. FITTODO recommends five to six smaller meals, including breakfast, throughout the day – rather than the usual three meals or less. Eating smaller meals boosts the metabolism, making weight loss and maintenance easier. It also lowers cholesterol, improves energy levels, and preserves lean muscle mass. You’ll stay fit and healthy if you eat on a schedule each day. Since we all have different lifestyles, it’s about finding what works best for you!
FITTODO suggests spreading meals throughout the day by eating every two-and-a-half to three hours. Snacking during the day can help you eat lighter meals at night, when you are less active and burning less calories.
If possible, the following daily meal schedule helps achieve the best results.
- Snack 1
- Snack 2
- Snack 3
Eating smaller, controlled amounts might lead many of you to think “I’ll walk around hungry all day!” when in fact, that’s exactly the opposite of what will happen when you choose to often versus eating 2-3 large meals per day. When you choose to eat smaller meals that are spread out evenly over the course of your day, there is rarely a time that you’ll find yourself hungry. This is because as soon as you’re done eating one meal, you’re now less then 3 hours away from your next meal! In fact, the obstacle of having to worry about six meals per day now presents itself as a huge incentive for those of us who love to eat. Instead of having to wait all day to eat again, we’re already thinking about our next meal as soon as we finish one. How amazing is that? Of course, there may be times when you get hungry in between your meals. However, because your meals occur so often, you’ll soon find yourself eating for pleasure again instead of eating because you’re starving!
Remember to regularly eat all six of your daily meals – starting with breakfast. Breakfast is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Eating within an hour of getting out of bed revs up your metabolism and gives you fuel to start your day. Also, if you’re an intermediate level athlete or above that’s just completed an exercise routine 30 minutes or longer, plan to eat within 20 minutes of your workout. This is the best time of the day to eat carbohydrates, as your body requires fuel to replenish itself after a hard workout.
Although choosing to eat this way may seem to be a lot of work, the results of looking and feeling more physically and mentally fit are well worth it!