As we all already know, your diet can have a big impact on your weight loss results. Getting the right balance of nutrients in your diet and watching caloric intake are important factors of your diet that should be taken into consideration. It should also be noted that getting the right balance of nutrients in your diet is essential for maintaining high energy levels and overall health.
Essentially, getting 5-6 small, healthy meals per day is a great way to maintain high energy levels and promote weight loss. However, there are certain times when it may be best not to eat a meal in order to prevent setbacks on your way toward your weight loss goals. For this reason we have created a simple list of times when it may be better to pull back the reigns on food consumption and give yourself a little time to make correct eating decisions in order to avoid mealtime disasters.
- When you are on the run. Grabbing something on the way out the door may lead to poor food choices and unmindful eating. Many times when we are on the go it is easy to stuff a few unhealthy snacks down and hit the road. This can lead to consuming an excess amount of calories during the day without even being aware of it. Leave time to make healthy food decisions and if you are pressed for time have a go to healthy snack such as a meal replacement shake or bar.
- When you are stressed. Stress has been shown to disturb digestion and can lead to coping with unhealthy comfort foods. If you head for the freezer and grab the tub of ice cream every time you are stressed out, you are more than likely not going to stay on path toward your weight loss goals. Take the time to relax before eating in order to make healthy food choices.
- Late at night. As a basic rule, it is best to eat at times when your body needs it most. For example, if you are headed to the gym to get a workout in, fast acting carbohydrates can provide a great source of energy. When we are sleeping our bodies need very little energy to function. In addition to this some foods may even contribute to poor sleep quality. Avoid having a large meal right before bedtime and monitor what foods you are taking in between dinner and bedtime in order to avoid consuming in excess of your daily caloric needs.
- Before exercise. As mentioned above, it is important to give your body what it needs in order to have sufficient energy for your workout. However, eating a large meal immediately before your workout could lead to discomfort and counter productivity. Try to time your workout for about 3 hours after eating a meal and if needed grab something small such as a protein bar or shake about 20-30 minutes before you exercise.
- When you’re starving. Waiting until you are so hungry you could eat anything that is put in front of you is not a productive eating habit. This may lead to poor food choices and overeating. A great way to avoid getting to the point where you are starving is by eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day.
So, next time you run into one of these mealtime disasters waiting to happen, remember to stop and think before digging in. Also, there is no substitute for eating regular, balanced meals. Plan your meals accordingly and you will be able to avoid these potential pit falls altogether.
By Wes Young