by Katie Barnes
One key ingredient for a meal plan to work is consistency. Many of us fail to keep consistency in our lives when wanting to change; yet we stay consistent with our bad habits. Two common examples of this include skipping meals and not eating breakfast and waiting until lunchtime to fuel our day.
Failure to “break-the-fast” every day upon waking increases the chance that you will fail to reach your weight goals. Eating breakfast and consuming small meals (4 to 6 per day) prevents binge eating, nighttime snacking, and inhibits weight gain. It also keeps your metabolic rate at an optimal level.
The body requires regular fuel to keep your metabolism burning. Think of metabolism as a campfire. To keep a fire burning strong, it must be fed small doses of wood (i.e., fuel). Dropping a large log onto the fire will keep the fire burning, but not as effectively as if it was fed small portions of wood.
With the fire still in mind, you have to look at its preferred fuel choice. Adding paper or “empty calories”, the fire will burn through it very quickly. As a result, the fire becomes starved and must be fed very often. Now if you added a mixture of paper and wood, the fire will have enough fuel to burn for a longer period of time. The wood will satisfy the fire’s appetite more than the paper. Wood is to fire as protein is to humans. Your diet should always include a source of protein at each meal and snack.
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