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Monday, February 13, 2012

Are You Eating Often Enough?

When it comes to eating healthy and maintaining your weight, many people think to only eat a little each day. They figure the less often they eat the fewer amount of calories they intake. However; they got it all wrong! To increase energy, and maintain your weight it is important to eat often and avoid consuming foods and beverages that contain empty calories. Empty calories are foods or beverages that supply no nutritional benefits in them such as soda or any sweets. So how often are you supposed to eat? 

Eating 4-5 small meals throughout the day can be healthier than eating 3 large meals until you're stuffed. Giving your stomach small amounts of food to digest at a time helps keep metabolism up and makes it easier to avoid feeling hungrier than you are and over-eating. Try it!

Your body needs protein every three to four hours. If it doesn't get it from the food you eat it will break down muscle tissue. To prevent this, eat small meals throughout the day consisting of lean protein and complex carbohydrates. A human body only stores small amounts of protein, so it has to be replenished daily. The average daily intake should be 45 grams for a woman, and 55 grams for a man. While people tend to associate protein with meat, it is also found in eggs, dairy, nuts and legumes.Your metabolism will speed up and your muscles will thank you. 

You should try to create your own snack box for your office. Keep your healthy snacks available to you. If you have your own snacks, you will be less tempted to eat any of the unhealthy snacks that may be available from vending machines in your office that can be filled with empty calories. If you are running low on snacks, be sure to replace them before you run completely out.

Remember, your body needs energy to function properly. This energy comes from healthy foods that are filled with nutrients and protein, not from empty calories. Follow these tips and you can start living a healthier life today while maintaining your weight


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