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How to Eat

Posted on October 19, 2009

The biggest problem most of us have is not knowing about proper nutrition.  It may come as a surprise to know that 3 square meals a day is not the best way to eat.  Even if it was, most of us only eat 2 large meals a day anyway.

The real way to lose weight is to consume multiple meals over the course of the day.  Ten percent of the calories you burn during the day come from consuming food, whether from chewing and swallowing, or from digesting.  What logically follows is that the more often you eat, the more your body has to work which will increase your metabolism and help you burn fat.

You should try to eat 5 to 6 meals a day.  These should not be large meals.  Your goal should be to eat enough to get you to your next meal, ideally in 3 hours.

Another big idea to keep in mind is portion control.  A meal you get at a restaurant may have 3 to 4 times an actual serving size.  When you eat out, instead of clearing your plate, anticipate bringing home food for meals tomorrow.

When making food at home, try splitting your plate into three parts (in half and then one of those portions in half).  This will give you a large portion and two smaller portion.  Vegetables or fruits should fill the large portion and meat and carbohydrates in the smaller two portions.  This simple “idea” will allow you to cut down drastically on the number of calories and fat you eat.

Upcoming posts will give you a greater insight into the major food classifications and what you should and should not eat in each.

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