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Eat Whatever You Want and Still Lose Weight

People love to eat, no question about that. Unfortunately most of the food we love makes us fat, thus we are forced to choose between weight loss and food. For people who want to learn how to lose weight but do not want to go on bland food diets, you do have the option to eat what your heart desires but with some conditions.

Condition #1: Eat 6 small meals a day than 3 large meals

Most people think that if you’ll be eating the same amount of food, whether you eat 6 small meals or 3 large meals a day, you’ll just gain the same amount of weight. They equate it as 2×3=6 and 1+1+1+1+1+1=6; this may sound mathematically correct but this does not apply to weight gain and weight loss.

To help you understand this better let me give you an example. Let’s assume that two people have to perform the same task. Person A is assigned to do the work in one task while Person B was given multiple tasks, one at a time. They will both do the same amount of work but it is likely that Person A will leave some details unnoticed compared to Person B who was given enough time to take it slowly but surely, and as a result, the latter produces better output.

This holds true with food intake, eating six small meals a day aids in better digestion and absorption of nutrients and contributes to efficient metabolism of the body compared to eating 3 large meals a day, thus proving the fact that small frequent feeding is better than bulk seldom eating especially for those who want to lose weight.

Condition #2: Cut down your food portions

Since you want to taste the same delish foods, the best thing you can do is to gradually decrease the amount of food you put on your plate. Experts confirm that people tend to have a psychological obligation to finish everything they have on their plate even when they already feel full, thus causing overeating. Have a quarter pound of steak instead of your usual half-slab, this will not only cut your calorie intake in half but will also help you save some dollars as well.

Condition #3: Find low-calorie alternatives

You can find low-fat versions of almost everything in the supermarket today. Try to read the label at the back of the container and see if it is really low in fat. The good thing about these reduced-fat foods is that most of them taste the same as the original ones. For example, drink low-fat milk instead of whole milk for calcium; same taste and nutrients but with fewer calories.

Condition #4: ‘Modify’ your food

Modifying food does not necessarily mean changing the taste. You just need to change something in it so it contains less fat. This holds true for most of the meat products. For example, when having chicken, eat the lean breast part and skip the chicken skin because it is very high in fat.

Losing weight does not necessarily mean that you need to eat tasteless food. You can still enjoy your regular meals and empower your weight loss efforts at the same time if you take into account the 4 conditions explained above.

[box type=”note”]With these in mind and some good set of workouts a day; you’ll be on your way to a healthier and leaner you.[/box]

Alex Chris is the chief editor of Calorie Secrets, a fitness blog providing weight loss tips and advice for a healthier lifestyle. Alex has been writing about nutrition and fitness for more than 6 years and he is constantly in search for a healthier and happier life.

12 Comments

  1. Rayca

    September 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    “Well, eating 6 small meals is definitely better than eating 3 big meals, because 6 small meals will speed up metabolism more than 3 big meals” Oh, please. I’m sooooo tired of hearing this. There’s absolutely no study, proof et al. that metabolism is altered by grazing. Do your homework. If you like eating that way, fine, but the only thing you get is stable blood sugar. Not the same thing.

    • Douglas Robb

      September 26, 2012 at 5:43 am

      The most recent study I have seen on this topics showed that 3 meals was superior for insulin sensitivity. On the other hand, I have seen studies that do support the grazing meal strategy.

      But that’s common with research – studies contradict each other all the time.

      My advice to clients is that we look at research as a possible truth. If they feel strongly about a particular theory, try it out on their own body and pay close attention to better gauge the results for your particular biology

  2. Jake

    March 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Well, eating 6 small meals is definitely better than eating 3 big meals, because 6 small meals will speed up metabolism more than 3 big meals.

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    October 28, 2010 at 2:27 am

    a bird only eats what is enough for it to fly…

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    October 27, 2010 at 12:06 am

    this is much like eating like a bird or like a cat. A really creative post though..

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    October 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Walking is a great way to lose or maintain weight but it does no good if you are consuming more calories that you burn each day. The excess get burned as fat. At 150 calories a day it woud take 16 days to burn off just one of Outback’s deluxe onions. I know, I went from 230 to 270 pounds whie walking everyday. I have now lost 80 pounds and am keeping it off by careful meal planning and walking!

  6. Chris Alex

    October 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you all for your comments.

    Indeed the whole weight loss process is not that complicated. If you have a good plan and motivation you can get the results you want (sooner or later).

    Thanks

  7. Ahmad zaki | health and nutrition

    October 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    this is good tips….might be I just want to be added one thing….exercise at least once a week especially train the cardiovascular area :)

    thanks

    Ahmad Zaki

    • Trudie

      December 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Cardio training will improve your condition, but for weight loss it is important to build muscle mass as muscle mass wil burn more calories just to maintain itself. I think it is more important to train the large muscle groups. These are the upper legs, the buttocks, the back and the large muscles of the breast.

  8. Douglas Robb

    October 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Chris:

    I believe that there are 3 aspects of food consumption that significantly impact weight gain/loss.

    What you eat
    How much you eat
    When you eat it

    You’ve addressed all 3 of these points with your 4 simple solutions

    This just proves that losing weight doesn’t need to be rocket science

    • Jarret

      October 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

      Doug, that’s a pretty good summary of 3 important dietary aspects for weight loss!

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