Now that the holidays are over, how are things going? If you’re like 99% of the population, you probably fell off the wagon a bit. One of the first things that suffers during the holidays are the meals. It’s eating that keeps us happy and social over the holiday season but now that it’s over, it’s important to get back into shape.
Most people “get into shape” by significantly limiting the amount of food they eat and this can be good if you have been eating turkey and stuffing for the past two weeks. However becoming too extreme with the amount of food you don’t eat can be even worse for weight loss.
We all know that once you begin to wait too long in between meals, your body goes into a semi-starvation mode. In other words, when your body doesn’t know when it’s going to get its next meal, it holds onto more fat as a protective mechanism.
The same affect can happen if you eat too few calories at breakfast and lunch and then ever so slowly begin to snack while making dinner, eat a large meal and THEN have a “treat” because you’ve told yourself how good you have been all day. Sound familiar?? This happens because you need a certain number of calories to keep you going so if you sacrifice them during the day, you can bet that they’ll find a way to get in. And then you go to bed without burning those calories off.
We’ve all been guilty of doing something extreme when it comes to weight loss but the more you do this the more you negatively you affect your metabolism. Especially yo-yo dieting. This is the body’s enemy when it comes to controlling or losing weight.
Your body is a machine and needs fuel to keep working at maximal efficiency. Each time you eat, you rev up your metabolism so you burn more calories at rest. We are animals and are meant to eat food the way it was created – not deep fried, wrapped, boxed and delivered.
So for all of you who are on the go from the early hours of the morning, don’t make the mistake of starting your day on two cups of coffee and a piece of toast. Instead, start with a big glass of water (before your coffee), throw some cheese on that toast with an apple and you’ve got a more well rounded meal that can keep you going. Add at least two more snacks and meals and you will be less likely to be starving at the end of the day.
Once your metabolism is working efficiently again, weight loss will be less of a chore because nature is doing what is intended.