So you want to eat five times a day to lose weight. It’s true that eating small meals throughout the day will increase your overall metabolism, but the problem is that it’s easy to make excuses like “I don’t know what to eat or how am I supposed find the time to make all that food”. Consider this. When you go more than 3 hours without food your body goes into starvation mode. In other words, your body starts burning muscle for energy instead of fat and when you finally do get around to eating; your body is going to store a good portion of that food as fat because it doesn’t know when it’s going to get feed again. If you want to avoid this from happening then you need to make your body think that there is always food available so that there is no need for it to store fat.
Eating five times a day may seem like a lot of work at first, but the thing to remember is that you don’t have to actually cook five meals each day. I recommend sticking to simple things for breakfast and dinner, the majority of the time you’re going to be eating these meals at home anyway. So the only thing you have to worry about is bringing lunch and a couple of snacks with you while you’re out for the day. The key to achieving this seemingly impossible task for speeding up your metabolism is to make it convenient. You’re going to have to get a little organized in the kitchen and you’re going to need a few essentials to help make it easy.
Get yourself a decent lunch box or bag, one that’s insulated. Get some Tupperware or plastic storage containers and Ziploc bags. I find that having things like a rice cooker, a countertop style electric grill and a blender are essential. Having a protein shake for breakfast or dinner several times a week is a good way to hit the mark in terms of maintaining a good balance of nutrients and calories.
Keep it simple. Eat cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Yogurt and Granola or eggs and toast are quick and easy in the morning. Lunch can be a sandwich and a piece of fruit or a salad with a chicken breast. These are pretty easy to throw together in the morning right before you walk out the door. Snacks can be as easy as yogurt and a banana, or an apple and some cashews. Crackers and cheese are convenient too.
What you’ll need:
• A lunch box
• Cold packs
• Plastic food storage containers
• Water bottles
• An electric counter top grill
• A small rice cooker
• A blender
What To Do:
• Literally empty out the Fridge, Freezer and Pantry.
• Make a menu.
• Make a grocery list from your menu.
• Hit the grocery store.
• Stock your kitchen with everything you plan to eat that week.
• Then every morning when you wake up, eat breakfast and pack your lunch box.
• Keep your meals and snacks simple.
• Be sure to keep your eye on the clock and eat every three hours. Don’t wait until you get hungry; eat before you get hungry.
• Then when you get home, make dinner. Don’t forget to empty and clean out your lunchbox and get it ready for the next day.
This strategy will help you increase your metabolism and help you to maintain your energy levels throughout the day. You’re conditioning your body to burn fat instead of muscle for energy. The constant food tells your body that there is no crisis, so there is no reason to store fat. You’ll also be able to avoid eating out which can be expensive if you’re trying to eat five times a day. Experiment with different foods. Remember to go for convenience and keep it simple.