It can sometimes be tempting to skip meals in order to lose weight.
It seems like it makes sense – if you don’t eat then you don’t put on weight? Right? Well … not exactly.
Here are seven reasons that eating is much better than not eating if you want to burn fat and lose weight!
- Fibre like that in pears can help to satisfy your appetite and keep you from overeating.
- Certain starches like that in oats will also bind to fat in the digestive tract and prevent you from absorbing fat from your food, this can help lower blood cholesterol by helping you to use more available stores of fat in your body.
- Beans like navy beans contain “resistant starch” which studies have shown can help you to burn more than 25% of fat.
- Eating regularly will help to control your blood sugar levels. Good blood sugar control means you store less fat and are able to mobilise (or access and use) more. Eating foods like grapefruit and cinnamon with meals can help regulate insulin too.
- Depriving yourself of treats or foods you love like chocolate can set up cravings, impulses, guilt and rebellion patterns. Stress and emotional distress can increase fat receptors in your body and make you more inclined to store fat. Actually it would be better to allow yourself a little treat every now and again instead. Particularly research has shown that foods like dark chocolate contain antioxidants and compounds that may actually prevent the accumulation of fat cells.
- A malnourished body works unefficiently and may have reduced ability to obtain nutrients from food and therefore you may feel like you have an insatiable appetite (you just want to eat more and more, but usually of the wrong foods). If you set yourself on a pattern of starving and binging you may exacerbate this cycle. Eating enough nutrient dense food regularly can actually help you to maintain a healthy weight and in fact be able to eat as much as you need to eat without feeling hungry or needing to overeat.
- If you skip meals you risk burning your muscle instead of your fat, which lowers your metabolism, which means you burn less fat.
In summary, an efficient working body will burn fat.
- Eat regularly
- Eat enough nutrient dense foods
- Certain foods are known “fat burners or movers”, eat more of them. Fat-burning foods include: pear, grapefruit, almonds, beans, dark chocolate, coconut oil, oats
Image credit: ariwasabi / 123RF Stock Photo