4. Eat LESS Often, Not More Often
Key Point: When you eat more often, you keep your insulin at elevated levels, which encourages fat storage.
Many RDs (registered dietitians) and other nutritional professionals recommend eating frequent, small meals over fewer, larger meals for weight loss. Is this really the best practice though?
The short answer is that depending on your goals and what population you fit into (e.g., healthy adult, overweight, athlete, adolescent, etc.), the best practice for eating differs. For most of us, we fall into one of the three most common populations: healthy adult (weight maintenance), overweight (weight loss), and athlete (maximizing body composition).
Our body has two important hormones for regulating our blood sugar, and by extension how we use any calories in general: insulin and glucagon. Insulin is an anabolic hormone, which means it helps our body “build up”. This can be positive, as in muscle gain, or negative, as in fat gain. Insulin’s primary goal is to get rid of excess glucose in the blood, which means either pushing it to the muscles to use as energy or storing it in the fat for later use.
(The Free Cheat System Diet Cookbook features 50 recipes that EASILY remove the wrong foods, focus on the right foods and taste great, and helps get your hormones going in the right direction.)