“This is how I eat more to lose weight – don’t eat less, just eat right” – says, “Monica May.” I’ve been into fitness and nutrition for almost 10 years now. However, it was a bumpy ride indeed. The truth is that I struggled to lose weight and get fit for most of the years before I finally learned how to do it right. This was mainly due to the misleading information I was given about how to get it right.
Indeed, “Eat less – exercise more” is the worst advice i got and today i am going to show you why. I’m sick of the tricky girls into eating less to lose weight and it just has to stop. I learned the hard way so you don’t have to.
Let’s jump in right now and learn how to eat more to lose weight!
1. How I Eat More to Lose Weigh
2. Why you don’t need to eat less
In theory, eating fewer calories than you burn will result in weight loss. And that’s common sense, isn’t it? Of course, burning more calories than you are consuming will result in weight loss and I am not arguing that.
The problem, however, is that # 1 stays healthy during this process and # 2 keeps it healthy over the long term.
Let me quickly summarize this for you:
Eating less has short-term results, as well It just doesn’t work when it comes to long-term weight loss. Things are much more complex than a calorie count, and the effects of the foods we eat are far more important than the amount we consume. The perception that losing weight is all about eating less is so far from the truth and can have many adverse side effects. Not only will it help you lose weight, but it can lead to weight gain and a host of other things.
We’ll jump into it right away!
# 1: Eating less slows down your metabolism
It really seems like common sense that we lose weight when we eat less, but it really isn’t. I explained this process a while ago in my article, “Why Diets Don’t Work?” and today I’ll take it apart again for you. If we malnourished the body and no longer provide it with the fuel it needs to function properly, we no longer need to use it to burn body fat. Instead, we create a need for our bodies to hold onto fat.
Yeah, you heard right: Instead of losing fat, we gain weight as our body goes into a “survival mode” storing everything.
You see, when you are eating less than your body needs, you are telling your body to slow everything down and store it for “bad days”. And the first thing your body does when you stop providing enough food is to lower your metabolism, stimulate brain chemicals to make you think about food, hold on to fat, and turn off non-essential systems (to survive). An example of this is the reproductive system, which is why many women who eat too little lose their monthly menstrual cycle.The body begins to hold onto its fat stores and lower its metabolism, which is the complete opposite of what should happen in a perfectly healthy body.
# 2: You will likely gain more weight
As I mentioned earlier, short-term weight loss can occur from eating less, but it won’t work in the long run. If you look at it from a long-term perspective, once you start eating regularly, you will regain weight. And you usually gain even more weight than you used to.
Here’s how …
Once we stop eating less and go back to our old eating habits, we have all the calories we used to have but need fewer of them. This is thanks to our slowed metabolism, which we only caused by eating less. With a slower metabolism, consuming a normal amount for us now feels like overeating to the body. And that’s why we gain weight after eating less for a while.
I’m sorry to break this down for you, but for the most part, eating less is worse than doing nothing.
The well-known “yo-yo” effect that many women experience with most diets is not a myth. Fortunately, there is always something you can do about it. We’ll be there in a while.
# 3: Eating less is not eating right away
Oh no it doesn’t!
Just because something has fewer calories or is a smaller amount doesn’t mean it’s healthier for you.Looking back, I can see how I always chose foods that were lacking in nutrients just because they were low in calories. And what I forgot many times when counting calories is that food isn’t all calories.
And while I only get simple processed carbohydrates, saturated fat, and sodium from the french fries, the salad provides me with the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals my body needs to feel energized and stay healthy. These nutrients help with body processes, from building muscle to improving energy to strengthening the immune system, accelerating metabolism and many other benefits. They also help me stay satisfied and full longer. Instead of paying attention to our caloric intake, we should focus on eating healthy, nutrient-laden raw foods. Ultimately, it is our health that matters most.
# 4: It’s not sustainable
I just can’t imagine eating less than I crave for the rest of my life. The truth is, it’s not a sustainable solution for several reasons. I remember living my life trying to achieve a certain goal only to take a break from dieting afterwards. As a reward for eating less, it ended up eating more. And with every break, I regained weight even faster than before. Then it hit me, if I wanted to stay fit in the long term, I needed a long-term solution. I needed something that didn’t feel like a limitation. After doing a lot of research and data on calories and healthy eating, I started realizing it. I forgot to eat whole, fresh, real foods and most importantly: I forgot how to be happy while eating. And nobody should feel that way. Nobody.
That’s when I started making my changes …
What should be done instead?
The first thing to do is start eating more. You shouldn’t feel hungry after eating – you should feel full.
Here’s How To Eat More To Lose Weight.
# 1: focus on healthy eating
Eating healthy is the key to losing weight and getting healthy. Cleaning up your diet is the most important thing you should be doing. With my new understanding of nutrition, I was finally able to lose all the pounds that I had struggled with for years. So how do we focus on healthy eating now? Start by including a number of healthy and raw foods in your diet: vegetables, beans, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed carbohydrates like whole grains and root vegetables. As long as it’s healthy and clean, you don’t have to worry about the numbers.
# 2: Avoid unhealthy foods
I know this is probably obvious, but I have to say is, in addition to eating healthy foods, you should avoid unhealthy foods as well. And what happened to me was a pattern: I would eat healthy all day, but since there wasn’t enough food for me, I was hungry all day. Then I went out for coffee and ice cream, or I ate a bag of fries while watching Netflix, or I stole a chicken wing from my friend’s plate, or all of those things together. And it’s okay to do these things on purpose, and to do them from time to time.
However, if your goal is to lose weight then you should know that what you eat on a daily basis is you and if you do this every day you should be aware that the food you eat may not be enough . So keep the amount of highly processed foods to a minimum, highly processed carbohydrates, sugars, saturated fats, and junk foods. As long as you choose to eat healthy food, you don’t have to worry about eating less, just eating right.
# 3: play with volume
Our body not only has a calorie counter that shows how many calories your body needs to stay healthy or lose weight, but also a “volume counter”. This means that in order to become full, you have to put a certain volume in your stomach. This explains why if we eat a handful of almonds, even though it is around 300 kcal, we can never be full. And perfect volume foods are foods that are lower in calories but larger in volume, like broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, salads, etc.
Make sure to include these foods in your diet to meet the volume portion.
# 4: You have to love the food that you eat
The importance of eating food that you enjoy is perhaps one of the most important things I realized during this process.
You can never fall in love with healthy food if you are not delighted with your meals and if you don’t increase your dopamine levels. If you eat the same meal every day, you will get bored and not stick to your plan. So make sure you are eating healthy by trying different recipes and experimenting with the foods you like.
You can also browse my BBB meal plan for recipes and healthy ideas.
Also read my guide “What I Eat In A Day”.
See you next time baby