Eat 6 Meals a Day and Lose Weight
A weird concept, right? Well its true. Eating more throughout the day will actually help you lose weight and build lean muscle. Read more..
In this article, we are going to go into the benefits of how eating six, small, but healthy meals a day is key for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy body. It is even more important for those looking build & maintain muscle mass.
Eating regularly increases one's metabolism.
Which in turn enables the body to burn more calories in the long run. When someone eats six meals a day (which is approx a small meal every 2.5 to 3 hours), the body is constantly being supplied the nutrients and energy it needs. Eating healthy and high-protein foods particularly helps in boosting the body's metabolism, making it even more efficient at burning off those calories.
Eating food on an irregular basis causes metabolism to slow down.
That's right. Eating three meals a day will actually slow your metabolism down. Why? Your body would be without nutrients for about six hours between each of those meals. This means that your body "thinks" it needs to store fat for energy. We call this starvation mode. Your body hangs onto the unwanted fat, to use at a later time for energy. In addition, without food, your body will quickly begin to breakdown muscle tissue for energy.
Six Daily Meals = Higher Energy.
Eating small meals a day is effective in maintaining an ideal level of blood sugar, thereby preventing hunger attacks. It will also give you more energy to be productive throughout the day, not to mention your workout.
Grow Muscle Faster.
Frequent, small meals regulates the amount of insulin in the body and provides an ideal amount of amino acids going to the muscle cells, promoting the growth of muscles in the process. More muscle means your body will be burning calories on a daily basis. That is why it is important to do weight training in addition to cardio in order to lose weight as most effectively as possible. Eating small and frequent meals likewise promotes the efficient utilization of vitamins and minerals in the body. A simple concept. Eat more and weigh less.
Eating 6 meals a day can be a tough task. Check out my blog post for tips on how to make eating 6 meals a day easy.
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