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March 3, 2007

Eating every 3 hours...

Part of the Body for Life plan is changing your eating habits to take advantage one of the ways our systems naturally work.

The idea goes like this...

When we were barely evolved from the monkeys our bodies evolved into a routine of storage and fasting. If food was plentiful then we would constantly eat. Our bodies would respond by using food as we ingested it. We wouldn't store much in the form of fat because our bodies understood that it wasn’t needed as we would be eating again shortly.

The other side of that is the fasting. If we were to start eating less our bodies would respond by doing the following...

Lowering metabolism
Storing fat whenever able

Now here we are...much later...and our bodies still work basically the same. This is one of the reasons that most diets fail in the first couple weeks. Let's look at how it would play out...

The idiot dieter gets up on a Monday and says, "Today I'm starting my diet". He eats something sensible for breakfast. But then he shoots himself in the foot by saying, "I'll just skip lunch so I'm not taking in so many calories." And it just goes downhill from there.

By the time the dinner bell rings for our idiot dieter, he's absolutely ravenous. His instincts take over and tell him to EAT NOW! RIGHT NOW! AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! And even if you CAN resist the urge to over eat (which isn't likely), the body has already lowered his metabolism and when it sees food coming it is going to store as much of it as possible in the form of fat. The reason being that the body thinks his food sources are drying up and it is reacting by trying to keep the body alive.

Keep doing this sort of thing and the fat will add up very fast.

Just like the saying, you have to spend money to make money, it is the same with fat. You have to eat more to lose weight.

I eat 5 to 6 meals everyday. I try to space them out about 3 hours apart. That's not set in stone. If I have to allow 2 hours or even just an hour between meals to get in everything, then I'll do that.

Now keep in mind that while I'm calling these things 'meals'. They are NOT the same as the meals that I would eat when I was getting fat. I eat a small amount of protein and a small amount of carbs. Added together, it can be anywhere from 150 to 350 calories. Also, I try to consume the heavier meals earlier in the day and eat more greens in the later part of the day.

Believe it or not...everything I just said was so I could set the stage for the following story.

This means I can usually be found munching on something. Recently, I was in the kitchen area at work and I was approached by one of my coworkers. He asked me how the diet was coming along. I love discussing weight loss with other people so I gave him a break down of how it completely changed my eating habits...and how I was losing more weight now that I was eating more food.

Now you would think that I just told him that my dad could beat up his dad, because he got all stupid and defensive. He started off telling me that I was full of baloney and that what really mattered was reducing my overall caloric intake within a 24 hour period...and that it didn't matter WHEN I ate. He actually claimed that I could eat all my allowed calories in one super meal.

It was pretty much at this point that I stopped listening to him prattle on and got that glazed over look in my eyes that warns others that I'm probably daydreaming about ice-cream.

Before I was able to finish my Ben and Jerry's dream, my coworker got the message that while I was still making 'ah huh' sounds, I was in fact completely zoned out.

As he stormed off in a huff I thought to myself, "I know he thinks he's right...but my 48 pounds of actual weight loss trumps his half-baked, fat-assed theories."
I've had my say....now go away!


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