Eat More Often to Lose Body Fat?

The notion of eating “three square meals” a day is old school. The fundamental problem with this concept is that too much time elapses between feedings. This means that our metabolism (the rate and efficacy in which we utilize calories) is not optimized, and also that we tend to eat more than we can optimally digest at one sitting because we allow ourselves to get too hungry.

The Rock-Solid way to optimizing our food intake is to eat smaller, plant-based meals or snacks, at least five or six times day. One of the common mental barriers to this idea of eating so often lies with those folks who are either trying to lose weight or are afraid of gaining weight. This is one of the great paradoxes of weight loss.

When you go too long between eating, and/or you don’t get enough calories each day, your body can kick into a sort of trauma mode and actually hang on to your existing fat reserves. Why? Because as it recognizes that there is not an optimal amount of fuel coming in from the outside, it attempts to conserve all of the stored fuel (fat) from the inside. So not only does this multiple meals and snacks concept increase your metabolism, but it also creates a more secure environment for your body to let go of the fat, provided, of course, that your total daily caloric intake does not exceed the amount that you burn.

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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2 Responses to Eat More Often to Lose Body Fat?

  1. Edith says:

    Bobby, I have a question I take a lot of meds for epilipsey and its hard for me to lose weight i stay hungry all day. I do exercise eat my veges, but it seems not work do you agree with diet pills such as “The Alli Diet Plan”

  2. Bobby Rock says:

    Obviously, it would be impossible to give you any credible advice without knowing anything about your nutrition/exercise history, current state of health, psychological disposition, etc. BUT, one immediate observation I can make is that you shouldn’t be “hungry all day.” That tells me that you’re probably not eating enough, which, as this very blog entry mentions, can sabotage any weight loss efforts. It could also mean that much of what you do eat is lacking substantial nutrient density. But again, all I can do is speculate.

    As for the Alli Diet Plan, as I understand it, it’s built around “conventional” dietary wisdom and taking a pill that supposedly reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs. This is a double red flag to me. First, diets never work on the long term. They are designed to help you lose weight ONLY WHILE YOU”RE ON THEM. As soon as you reach your target weight goal and return to your old way of eating, all the weight generally returns…and then some.

    Secondly, any program that requires that you take a drug (and believe me, the FDA approval means nothing in terms of ensuring your long term safety) is not what I would consider a sustainable lifestyle philosophy. The goal should always be about avoiding any kind of drug when possible, not taking more. I would take a serious pass on Alli or any such program.

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