Seems impossible, but it’s true. When I say eat “more”, I mean “more frequently”, not “more quantity” in a single meal. But by the end of the day, the total quantity of food eaten might actually increase compared to the total quantity eaten with someone eating fewer meals per day.
Here’s how it works. I’ll show you with an analogy and a multiple choice question:
Consider a steam locomotive that is powered by burning coal. How often and how much should you put coal in the furnace to insure the longest, smoothest ride, in addition to the longevity of the engine?
a. The total daily amount of coal is placed in the furnace at the beginning, middle OR end of the trip
b. The total daily amount of coal is placed in the furnace at the beginning AND the end of the trip
c. The total daily amount of coal is spaced out, starting from the beginning of the trip and placed in the furnace at regular intervals throughout the trip
This was a gimme. I know you guessed “c”, because it makes sense, doesn’t it? If you didn’t guess “c”, post a comment, and I’ll explain it.
Our bodies work the same way as this locomotive, and they function best with small amounts of food eaten at frequent and regular intervals.
So how do you get there from where you are? How many meals do you eat per day, on average, right now? 3? 2? It doesn’t matter. Just begin by increasing that number by 1. Work with that number of meals for a few weeks (~21 days to establish a habit) and see how you feel. I’d bet that you begin to look forward to the meal, and your body might even be hungry for that meal!
But how do you lose weight this way? The magic is in the metabolism. When you eat smaller, frequent meals – every 2 1/2 to 3 hours – your metabolism changes. It speeds up, because the body is like that locomotive. And when your metabolism speeds up, guess what? You burn more fat at REST! You lose weight almost effortlessly. The effort you put in is in the planning and preparation of your meals.
If you are skeptical, try this for 21 days and let me know how it works for you.