The Six Meal Strategy
In the previous two articles there was a mention of how a weight trainer should be consuming six meals a day. This tactic on eating has been argued over by experts on weight loss for the last forty years. The truth as it is now seen is that there is no significant evidence that this approach to eating either aids or hinders the metabolism. In other words, you can’t eat five hundred more calories a day than you should, and by spreading them out over six meals, expect for your body to take care of it. Weight loss is a simple matter of eating less calories and burning more. Although the strategy for eating six meals a day may not be a shortcut for losing weight, it is an ideal plan for those looking to gain muscle and have a healthy happy body. Eating every two to three hours provides the body with a constant stream of nutrients that your body will fully utilize if an active lifestyle is being lead. Protein and carbs are required to build muscle, and by having a continuous flow of them into the body, the process doesn’t have to stop or slow. Caution, however, should be taken with this way of eating. There are two pitfalls that can arise because of it. First, overeating is more likely to occur. It should be a habit, for everyone to count their calories—especially those who choose to eat by grazing throughout the day. Depending on many factors that pertain to the individual, there is no definite calorie guideline for each small meal. It ultimately depends on the individual and their goals. The second pitfall often caused by grazing is the higher likelihood of making poor choices. A deadline of six healthy meals/snacks in a day is a daunting one. Each serving of food should have a good balance of carbs and protein. Depending on the individual’s goals, their ratios may vary as will the amount of fat included. Some good on-the-go choices are beef jerky, chicken, hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, tuna, and some cheeses. It is important to know what’s going in your body, if you’re expecting results.