There are many weight loss articles and fitness trainers who will tell you that you should eat six small meals a day instead of 3 larger meals. Some will say that the timing matters. Others will say that carbs should only be consumed in the morning. So whom do we believe?
With so many contradictions in the weight loss industry, the normal woman will feel like she is running in circles just because she doesn’t know who to listen to. Everybody is busier trying to prove their own theories and facts as gospel.
The truth is that weight loss varies from individual to individual. What works for one person may not work for another. This is not a one size fits all solution. You will need to find out what works for you and it will require a certain degree of trial and error.
No need to panic. It’s not difficult.
Like Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. We will aim to be simple. That is one of the biggest secrets of weight loss. To stay true to the simple concepts.
The first one is that you must be in a state of caloric deficit. It truly doesn’t matter if you eat 3 large meals or 27 small meals. As long as you are in a caloric deficit, you will lose weight. The purists will argue that larger meals cause insulin spikes and this will lead to weight gain.
No, it won’t. Your body can’t gain weight if it is on a caloric deficit. There is the issue of metabolic rate now. It is true that your metabolic rate will be higher if you eat smaller meals throughout the day. However, eating 6 small meals spaced out through the day is just not a viable option for many women who are busy at work or at home.
So, you must see what suits your lifestyle. If you only have time for one large meal and it meets your daily caloric requirement, that’s fine. You will still lose weight.
Meal timing and frequency are a non-issue. What matters is compliance. Are you compliant with your diet and training program?
If you eat what you are supposed to in the proportions that you are supposed to, that’s half the battle won. Are you faithful to your exercise program? You are? Excellent. The battle is almost won. Your body will shed the fat like it is supposed to.
Let’s not make things more complicated than they are. There is a method known as intermittent fasting. This method employs an eating window of 8 hours and a fasting window of 16 hours. As long as you eat your calories within the 8 hours, your body will shed the fat very effectively.
Intermittent fasting has been proven to be one of the best ways of losing weight and it dispels all fallacies about meal timing and frequencies. People on intermittent fasting programs have reduced their eating window to 5 hours and seen even faster fat loss.
Therefore, what truly matters is your calories. Be on a deficit and that’s about it. You will lose weight. Guaranteed.
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