There are various types of diets available these days that promote weight loss. Most diets restrict calories consumed drastically this leads to a slowing down of the the body’s metabolism. This makes the body think that there is a shortage of food and causes the body to go into starvation mode. In starvation mode, our body burns very few calories and experiences extreme hunger pangs. The result would be no weight loss and finally discontinuation of a worthy diet plan.
Severely cutting your calorie intake is not the key to permanent weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Instead, one should eat 5 to 6 small balanced meals a day for best weight loss results.
Frequent eating increases the metabolism of the body. This is because the digestion and absorption of food itself forces the body to burn a substantial number of calories.
This is known as the "thermic" effect of food. Foods have a thermic effect ranging from 3% to 30%. Protein foods create a thermic effect of up to 30%. This means that 30% of the calories from foods like whole grain cereals and pulses, chicken, egg are burned simply by digesting them.
Complex and fibrous carbohydrates burn about 20% of their calories through digestion. This includes Carrot, spinach, corn, green beans, apple etc.
Fats and refined carbohydrates have an extremely low thermic effect of about 3%. This is one of the reasons that dietary fat is stored so easily as body fat.
Eating frequent meals tells your body that you are giving it energy and it does not need to store calories as fat. Eating frequently will make you feel full and keep hunger at bay.
In a nut shell here are the benefits of eating 5-6 small frequent meals in a day:
It helps speed up the body's metabolism.
It helps avoid over consumption by way of binge eating.
It helps regulate blood glucose (sugar) levels.
It helps promote muscle growth by regulating insulin levels and providing a steady flow of amino acids into the muscle cells.
It helps decrease heart burn.
Frequent meals also allow for more efficient use of vitamins and minerals. The body simply becomes much more effective at processing these vital nutrients.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who ate six small meals each day had an average cholesterol level that was five percent lower than those who ate only one or two big meals each day.
If you currently eat only one or two meals each day and find yourself skipping breakfast or lunch, start by adding small quantities of healthful foods during these meal times. Stock up on quick and healthy snack items so that you can grab them and go. If you want a diet plan that includes all this for you, chat with us online at www.yoscare.in/dietcare
Even the smallest changes in your meal pattern can have a positive impact on your weight and help you to stick to the diet plan