Friday, 4 January 2013

Are Smaller, Frequent Meals Better For Weight Loss?

By Howe Russ

If you are trying to discover how to lose weight more effectively, you may be surprised to find out that most of the steps towards building a better physique are simple changes you can make at home. Today we'll be looking at how to schedule your meals for better results.

Despite the big advancements in sports science and the vast array of 'miracle products' on the market which claim to yield results without any effort, the world of fat loss is a misleading and often expensive place to be. Furthermore, the actual research behind effective fat loss hasn't changed dramatically in the last decades, so the basic principles are very easy to apply.

One of the things people often talk about is the frequency of their meals. Does it really make a difference how often you eat? You will regularly hear people at the gym or at work discussing their diet, so it's not uncommon to hear somebody giving advice on this subject. You have probably heard people saying you should eat regular, smaller meals instead of large, square meals.

Once you get past the many opinions of fitness enthusiasts and trainers, you're left with the actual science. Is there any relevant research which adds weight to this theory?

This technique actually has a lot of research backing it up. Over the years, numerous studies have shown us that humans who consume infrequent, larger meals tend to store more body fat because their muscles simply don't need the huge influx of fuel provided in one go.

This can lead to you feeling quite bloated and sluggish. It also results in your body being unable to make use of the fuel efficiently and, naturally, it looks to store quite a lot of this fuel as body fat because it simply has no immediate use for it.

If you have ever consumed a large meal which was dense in carbohydrates you will have experienced these feelings before. Once our natural storage space is used, we begin putting the rest of the nutrients to use as body fat.

If you can break down big meals into smaller, lighter ones you will notice an almost immediate difference. Even if your overall daily calorie intake remains at roughly the same level, you should begin to see significant results simply because your body can use those calories a little bit better when they are presented in moderation.

There is a wealth of research now which suggests that our bodies work at a superior level when we swap out the old approach in favor of eating five-to-six smaller, balanced meals throughout the day. You should also be able to do this without getting the common digestion problems we talked about earlier with the old approach, as well as allowing your body to use the food for fuel and therefore storing less of it as body fat.

When people are looking for information on how to lose weight, or perhaps even how to build muscle, they often get lost in a sea of information and 'next big thing' products. Today's post gives you one of the most basic, proven methods to get more from your diet and it is something which you can begin applying right now.

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