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Weight Loss Tip: Eat More, Not Less

Updated on May 15, 2013
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For sure by now you must be thinking, “Are you out of your mind? If I eat more, I’ll gain weight. The lesser I eat the more pounds I shed off.”

I hate to tell you this but that kind of thinking will lead to zero results. Many of the things you believe about losing weight are actually false and ineffective.

I can’t blame you, though, for thinking that way. The general rule of weight loss is that in order for you to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you’re taking in. That is why it’s natural for you to come up with a logical conclusion that the lesser food you eat, the fewer calories you take in.

This is the concept behind many popular diets. The lesser food you eat, the more results you will achieve.


Why Eating Less is Ineffective

However from a scientific viewpoint, depriving your body of the essential food it needs will lead to harm instead of results. You may lose some pounds after a couple of weeks of strict dieting. But once you get back to your usual eating patterns, the weight you’ve lost will quickly and easily come back.

Aside from that, there’s one thing you need to know about your body: It’s built for SURVIVAL.

Your body is a highly complex living mechanism. It is designed to withstand and to keep itself alive during life-threatening physical conditions such as starvation.

According to nutrition experts, when you go into a diet, your body automatically assumes that it is facing a life-threatening situation and will go into starvation mode. As a result, it will automatically drop its metabolism or metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is the speed by which your body burns the calories it takes in.

This natural body response can have a negative impact on your weight loss efforts because the lower your metabolic rate becomes, the more your body will cling to your excess fat. Your body is unwilling to let go (burn) your extra weight simply because it is in starvation mode.

The result? You only achieve TEMPORARY weight loss.

If you want to achieve PERMANENT results, then you need to start eating more.

Eat More Starting Today

Eating more for the purpose of losing weight doesn’t mean that you can feast on ANY food that you like.
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Now that you already understand why eating less is ineffective, it’s time for you to know the right way to eat more for weight loss.

Eating more for the purpose of losing weight doesn’t mean that you can feast on ANY food that you like. It doesn’t mean that you can indulge yourself on some of your favorite unhealthy snacks either.

It simply means eating less of the foods that will make you fat and more of the ones that will keep your metabolism constantly working. Remember, the more your body receives proper nutrition, the more it is adept at burning fat. So feed it properly.

As a rule, you should eat MORE of the foods that contain fewer calories, and LESS of the foods that contain more calories. For instance, one gram of fat contains 9 calories. If the food you’re eating consists of 20 grams of fat, then you’re taking in 180 calories. On the other hand, carbohydrates and protein only contain 4 calories per gram. This simply means that if your snack has 20 grams of carbohydrate, then you’re only taking in 80 calories. See the difference?

This illustration tells you that by reducing the amount of fat you’re eating, you can increase the amount of carbohydrate or protein rich foods you can eat.

Aside from that, the reason why eating MORE carbohydrates and protein and fewer fat is effective is that your body can easily convert dietary fat into body fat. This process happens at the expense of no energy at all.

By contrast, your body needs to burn off a lot of calories in order for it to convert protein or carbohydrates into body fat.


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Why Fat Is Not That Bad After All

Basing on these facts, we can logically conclude that by avoiding fat COMPLETELY we can lose weight dramatically.

Well, not really…

Ask yourself this question, “Can I really live without eating fat?” If your answer is yes, then you can stop reading this hub and start a diet of tofu, grapefruit, and water today.

But if you’re like me who can’t live a day without experiencing the pleasure of eating fatty foods, then read on.

The key to effective weight loss is not by avoiding fat completely but by eating LESS of it. (Sorry, guys but the concept of Eating More, Not Less doesn’t apply to fatty foods.) Besides, fat is needed by the body. In fact, if your body is deprived of this essential nutrient, it would cease to function.

Fat is needed by the body to carry out some very important bodily functions. Aside from that, it also helps in the growth as well as the nourishment of the skin. And to top it off, there are some vitamins, such as vitamins E, D, and A, that can only be absorbed by the body through the aid of fat.

As you can see, fat is not that bad after all.

However, always remember that too much consumption of it can be detrimental to your health. If you don’t want to die early due to health complications, start minimizing your fat intake. That may sound very gloomy but that’s true. The more you stuff your body with unhealthy, fatty foods, the more you are trying to get yourself killed.


Reduce Your Fat Intake Today

Again, the key to permanent results is not total avoidance of fat but the reduction of it. How do you do that? Follow these simple tips.

1. Keep in mind that many of the foods you’ll find today are naturally low in fat. In fact, they are filled with fiber and numerous nutrients that will not only nourish your body but will also keep your metabolism revving.

Foods such as oats, cereals, pasta, bread, and barley are low in fat and can be safely consumed within reasonable limits. Also, peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, and lentils are also low in fat.

Aside from that, fruits and vegetables, such as asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and the like are not only low in fat but are very nutritious too. So make it a point to “feast” on them on a regular basis.

2. Who doesn’t love meat? If you’re not a vegetarian, then for sure eating meat is part of your daily existence.

There’s nothing wrong with eating meat. However, the bad news is that meat, especially red meat, is high in fat. This simply means that the more meat you eat the more fat you become. The good news, on the other hand, is that you don’t need to avoid eating meat altogether.

You can lose weight by simply reducing your consumption of it. Experts recommend a serving of 6 ounces per day.

Also, opt for dishes where meat is not the centerpiece. A perfect example of this is spaghetti with meat sauce. Aside from that, make it a habit to choose poultry instead of red meat. The latter has less fat.

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3. Be careful with dairy products. They are usually high in fat. As much as possible opt for skim milk instead of whole milk. Also, go for the low-fat versions of cheese, sour cream, and yogurt. Doing healthy food options such as this will greatly help you achieve a healthier weight.

4. Finally, if you are used to buying prepackaged foods, then look for their non-fat or low fat versions. Sometimes what’s hindering you from eating healthy foods is the mere fact that you didn’t take the time to read the label. Be an informed buyer and eater.

Aside from reducing your fat intake, one effective , obvious, and scientifically proven way you can lose weight is through exercise. I hate to tell you this but minimizing your fat consumption alone will not give you significant and permanent results. As the old adage goes, “No pain, no gain”. Besides, exercise will not only help you lose weight, but will also do wonders to your health and quality of life.

Also, you should consider taking a food supplement that is proven to be effective in reducing the amount of fat and carb your body absorbs. Aside from that, choose a product that is capable of stimulating your metabolism and reducing your appetite. Most important of all, select a supplement that has been tested in clinical studies. Through this way, you will achieve more amazing results.

However, taking a food supplement should not be the cornerstone of your fitness efforts. There’s a reason why they’re called supplements. They are not the main contributors to weight loss: They only work to maximize the benefits of healthy eating, moderate exercise, and adequate rest.


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      Paul Corvan 4 years ago

      Thanks sarifearnbd

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      thetravelgal 4 years ago

      I so agree with your article it is not just eating less but eating more nourishing food.

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