Wednesday, 28 February 2018

How many meals should you eat for weight loss?

By Zak Nothling - Renegade Nutrition Coach

First of all, let me clarify that the above picture is just an example of various meal sizes it's not suggesting how many calories you should eat in a day.

  • Some people say you need six meals per day for fat loss.
  • Some people say a big breakfast, medium lunch, and a small dinner.
  • Some people say fast all day and have one big meal at night.
  • + 10000000 other ways that you will have been told to eat.

So what is the correct way to eat for weight loss? 

Any of them! What is most important is calories in vs. calories out.

Before we go any further let me explain what a calorie is: 

In the simplest terms possible, when people talk about calories in food, they are referring to a unit of measurement — but it doesn't measure weight or length. A calorie is a unit of energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it's a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it.

If you eat more calories than your body burns off, you will gain weight. If you eat less than your body burns off, you will lose weight and if you eat the same amount as you burn you will stay the same weight. 

So what that means is there is no correct amount of meals to eat, what we are looking at is your total intake over the whole day and making sure you are burning a little bit more than what you take in.

If you want to eat ten small meals throughout the day, do that

If you want to stick with a traditional 3 meals per day; breakfast, lunch and dinner because that fits your schedule better do that. 

If you want to fast all day and eat one big meal go for that.

As long as your burning off more than you eat you will lose weight.

Calories are king when it comes to weight loss.

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