Please Don't Starve Me

When you don't feed your body properly or you think that by not eating you will lose more weight, you are actually doing the opposite of want you really want to happen.  If your body thinks that you are starving it or if you don't eat (on a regular basis)  it will conserve or hold on to your fat for the energy that it needs to work.  Actually, if you eat a larger amount of healthy food instead a smaller amount of unhealthy food, you will lose weight. 

 If you consume too few calories you won't be losing fat but muscle mass.  You need lean muscle mass to increase your metabolism to help you lose or maintain your weight.  It takes 3,500 calories of food to either gain or lose weight.  If you consume fewer calories over the week you will lose weight, but do not consume less than 1,500 calories each day or that will decrease your metabolism and you won't lose the extra pounds.   I have heard people say that they try to keep their calorie intake low even by eating just saltine crackers and drinking water.  They wonder why they aren't losing weight and why they feel so bad.  They are eating the same junk they always ate, just a smaller amount.  All this does is cause low energy and they don't see the results they want.  They are starving their body from the low calories and nutrition that it needs to work for energy AND weight control.  Okay, so you only ate half of a muffin breakfast that was full of sugar and fat.  Maybe your energy lasted an hour and then you had a big sugar drop and were hungry again OR you could have grabbed a banana or an apple or a handful of nuts and grapes.  You get the burst of energy and your body can use the nutrients from the fruit much more than the processed muffin.  How about a small bowl of oatmeal or a protein drink, then you will have immediate energy and some stored for later.  Grab something healthy when you are hungry whether it's mealtime or snack time.  Make it the habit not the exception in your life.  You need ample calories and nutrient rich foods to prevent imbalance in your body.

Eating a variety of foods and trying new ones benefits your body with all the different nutrients they offer.  Think of the foods you eat in terms of freshness, color and variety.  Make a plan in advance so that you have healthy foods to eat and less tempted to overeat or eat too little.  Plan 3 meals and at least 2 snacks.  Your meals don't need to be large, just balanced.   Isn't it nice to know that you can eat more and still lose weight, feeling better in the process?  So, please don't starve your body from what it really needs anymore.

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