It may seem like a “contradiction” to suggest that eating “more often” is the answer to getting slimmer, but in reality the idea of eating more often is the only way to speed up weight loss.
Everybody understands what a calorie is — and everybody “knows” that the best way to lose weight is to begin eating fewer calories per day. Right?
Well, not so fast…
The problem with this way of thinking is that the human body does not burn calories based on a “24 hour day.” In fact, the 24 hour day is just an arbitrary interval of time, and it has no bearing on how your body burns calories.
You see, the human body burns calories in “real time” — or in other words it burns calories as you eat them (it does not burn calories based on a 24 hour day).
This means that your daily caloric intake is almost meaningless when viewed all by itself.
For example, let’s take a typical dieter who skips breakfast, but who then eats 900 calories for lunch, 900 calories for dinner and 300 calories for a late night snack – for a total of 2,100 calories per day.
This dieter falsely “thinks” that their intake of 2,100 calories per day is the deciding factor in whether they lose weight or not – but in reality the deciding factor is something totally different…
The “deciding factor” lies in how many calories that they eat per “meal.”
For example, if that same dieter took those 2,100 calories per day and divided them evenly into 6 meals (350 calories for 6 meals = 2,100 calories) — then their body would be able to burn much more of those daily calories throughout the day.
Consequently, the dieter would seriously increase their weight loss results if they did this.
Why is this true?
Simple, because your body burns calories as you eat them, and if you feed your body too many calories at any single “sitting” then the excess calories from that sitting cannot get burned and may wind up stored as fat tissue.
However, if you eat fewer calories per “sitting” then your body has a better chance to burn all of those calories, and if it burns all of the calories at any given meal then your body will be forced to begin burning stored fat tissue for any additional energy that it may need before your next meal (which equals fat loss for the dieter).
So if you eat fewer calories per “meal” but increase the number of meals throughout the day, then you can begin losing more weight while still eating the same number of calories per day (you’ll just be doing it via a greater number of meals each day).
So when a dieter uses this method of dieting the “overall calories” consumed each day would be the same, but yet the dieter’s body would be able to more efficiently burn those calories on a “per meal” basis – and thus the dieter will lose more weight each day.