Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Supercharge Your Metabolism - Eat 6 Meals a Day

It isn't a secret that eating smaller more frequent meals leads to a more efficient metabolism.  Digestion takes energy, as you use calories to digest, absorb and assimilate food.  So, the more often you eat, the more calories you burn through digestion.  That doesn't mean that you're allowed to eat more calories throughout the day - you should split your proper, planned food intake into smaller, more frequent meals.  Munching on snacks during the day (like baby carrots or protein bars) is a good way to avoid overeating at breakfast, lunch and dinner and incorporate more low-carb meals into your diet.

By the same token, the fastest way to slow down your metabolism is by following extreme diets.  Starvation diets (around 500 calories or less) can decrease your metabolism by up to 50%.  Even the most physiologically sound diet will gradually lead to a slow decline.  I encourage a moderate (as in weekly) splurge meal to prevetn this from happening. (YIPEE!!!!)

Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of those pieces. ~Judith Viorst

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