I constantly see that many women aren’t eating nearly enough calories each day, with ridiculous calorie goals like 300 calories, which is absurd. I’m sorry, but I like eating, and I’d be pretty miserable if I restricted myself from food that much. What’s the point? There isn’t one. It turns out, eating less than 1000 calories a day is not only dangerous, but it also slows down your metabolism because your body goes into a sort of starvation mode with the lack of food. When it finally does get food, it holds onto any calories and fat it can, just in case it doesn’t get to eat again.
So seriously, don’t skip meals. It does more harm than good. You constantly need to refuel your body so it has the energy it needs to get through the day. You should eat every four hours, but personally, I eat every 2-3 hours, even if it is a very small snack. Since I began doing this about two months ago, I feel like a completely different person, and I lost ten pounds.
I eat 1200 calories a day, and I try to eat 5-6 separate times throughout the day. I aim for 200-300 calorie meals, and 100-200 calorie snacks. The best thing about this is that if you feel hungry, you get to eat soon anyway because you’re eating so often. When your body is constantly digesting food, you get hungry faster, but eating every few hours solves this problem. The best part is, you never feel like you’re starving yourself. It’s a lot easier to eat 1200 calories a day when you’re eating every 2-3 hours than it is to eat 1200 calories a day when you’re eating 3 large meals every 5 hours.
As long as you pay attention to calories, fat, protein, and carb intake, eating every few hours will help you speed up your metabolism, and you’ll be a lot more satisfied throughout the day. Protein is especially important. Eating it with every meal is also linked to boosting metabolism, so why not try it?
Here’s an example of what I eat in a day:
Breakfast: Egg whites and feta cheese with a banana (about 170 calories)
Snack: 28 almonds (170 calories)
Lunch: Sliced turkey with mustard on a sandwich thin and an apple with 1 tbs peanut butter (about 300 calories)
Snack: Chobani Greek yogurt with blueberries (about 150 calories)
Dinner: Tilapia with asparagus (about 250 calories)
Snack: Carrots with lowfat Italian dressing (about 60 calories)
Total: 1100 calories, low in fat, high in protein.
I promise starving yourself isn’t going to help you. You may be losing weight, but you’re not helping your metabolism or your health in general. Just eat.