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Should I Eat Anything After Dinner If I Want To Lose Weight?

by Darin L. Steen

Yes, you should. I know it does not make sense at first. But the special report below will teach you how a few minor nutritional changes can help you lose body fat and maintain, if not gain, muscle.

There is an old adage, you may have heard it: Do not eat after 6 p.m. if you are trying to lose weight.

On the surface, it seems to make sense. But let’s dig a little deeper.

There is a Difference Between Losing Weight and Losing Fat

Anyone can lose weight. There is a big difference between losing weight and losing fat.

It seems like common sense, that to lose weight you would need to eat less and move more. Usually what uninformed people do is increase energy expenditure by walking or jogging and severely restricting calories. I call it the “I’m gonna run 5 miles and eat a couple of salads per day” syndrome.

This method will let your scale weight drop, but at what expense? What are you losing?

What you lose with this approach is muscle, water, and anabolic hormones such as growth hormone and testosterone. You end up losing things that you need to feel strong and healthy.

I did it when I was younger. And maybe you have done it too. It does not matter how much will power you have. You can not approach weight loss with this mentality.

What ends up happening is you become tired, lethargic, and grouchy. Common sense should tell you that this approach will not work long term.

Once you get discouraged with this approach and start to cave in to your cravings, many times you’ll eat out of control. And since you’re lowering your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) during the calorie reduction phase, you now become fatter with less muscle.

This is the classic “yo-yo syndrome.”

It is a vicious cycle that is challenging to break without proper information.

One of the first things you can do to increase your chances of eating properly for long term fat loss is to change the words you use.

The word “diet” sends a bad vibe through most people’s system. It makes you think of deprivation. It sounds like something that you do for a short term and then go back to your old way of eating. Who wants to “diet” forever?

A better choice of words would be nutrition plan.

Nutrition plan does not sound harsh or short term. It sounds empowering. Like something you could do long term.

And that is exactly what is needed. You have to realize that if you lose weight by eating a certain way that is restrictive and not possible long term, once you go back to the way you used to eat, so will your body weight and body composition.

There is a better way!

Through proper nutrition you can maintain or even gain muscle mass while losing fat weight.

Starvation Mechanism for Survival

Eating smaller meals more often though-out the day helps your body function optimally. It stabilizes your blood sugar and gives your body a steady release of energy.

When it comes to keeping muscle and losing fat, three square meals a day just does not cut it.

Higher quality, unprocessed foods instead of processed foods should be common sense. But what is not common sense is smaller portions throughout the day, however it is key for fat loss.

Eating small meals in and of itself helps to burn more calories and stoke up your metabolism. It also helps you side step one of the killers of a fat loss program: the starvation mechanism.

You see, not to long ago man did not have easy access to food. We were dependant on Mother Nature. And our skills for saving and preparing food were not very good initially. So when food was around, things were great. When food was not around, we died.

So through the evolution of mankind our bodies realized that in order to live longer in times of famine, our metabolism had to slow down. Our bodies were forced to lose muscle in order to burn less calories and thus, survive.

And even though there is not much of a risk for most of us of famine, the “starvation mechanism” is still in your genes. If there is too much time between meals, your body will go catabolic and eat in to your own muscle to slow down and burn less calories.

Keys For Eating Small Meals Often

If you are presently eating two or three bigger meals per day, simply eat half the amount that you are normally used to. This will increase your hunger 3-4 hours after you eat, at which time you can eat the other half.

Another simple trick that can help is to chew your food twice as long as you normally would. This will instantly help you control your portions. Chewing slow also has other benefits. You will find that you actually enjoy the taste of the food better.

An added benefit of chewing longer is that your food is digested better. The majority of your digestive enzymes are in your mouth. Chewing the food twice as long lets them do there job better as the food stays in your mouth longer.

Eating a small meal with quality protein and carbohydrates (fibrous veggie type) together every 3-4 hours is essential for maintaining muscle and peaking your fat burning potential.

Adding a small amount of starchy carbs to 2-3 meals on resistance training days can help give you extra energy for the work out and extra energy to recover from the workout. Plus, psychologically it is nice to know that you get to eat carbs now and then.

Another key for eating small meals often for fat loss is to eventually go toward consuming more calories earlier in the day, and less, later in the day. The old adage, “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper,” has some merit to it.

It is very important to make dinner a light meal with no or very low amounts of starchy carbs. Then three hours later, consume a small amount of protein before bed. Eating in this way will allow your metabolism to stay running high to burn more calories 24/7 while you maintain your muscle mass.

We all have a set metabolism that we inherited from our parents. It does not matter if yours is slow, medium or fast. We all have the ability to slow it down or speed it up with our lifestyle choices.

Your nutritional intake has the biggest impact on metabolism than any other area of your lifestyle.

Two or three days in a row of eating smaller meals more often and you will feel a higher hunger level and a revved up metabolism. Having higher hunger levels more often throughout the day is a key sign that your metabolism is being sped up. After one to two weeks, you will likely start feeling your clothes fit more loosely, especially around your waist line.

You are in control of your metabolism with nutrition, exercise, and your mindset.

Remember, it’s not just about a smaller waistline; it’s about having more energy, less stress, more creativity and productivity. It’s about having some energy left over after a work day for the most important people in your life, your family.

You do have the power to change!