Eat More to Lose Weight

“People who love to eat are always the best people”

-Julia Child

 

Many people out there are not eating enough to lose weight. Yes you read that correctly. Sometimes in order to lose weight you need to eat MORE. What a beautiful sentence that is. For women in particular restrictive eating is incredibly common. If you are doing it I promise you are not alone. I definitely used to limit my caloric intake and spend hours in the gym in order to achieve my dream look. Did it ever happen? No. I am more fit and thinner now than I ever was when I was counting calories and making myself crazy. Does this mean that if you are eating junk food and lots of it and still not losing weight the only solution is more junk food? Absolutely not. But eating more healthy, nutrient rich calories per day can help significantly in weight loss if you are currently under nourishing your body.

Eating helps to boost your metabolism, making weight loss possible. When you eat too little your body automatically goes into starvation mode, putting all of your food into fat supplies similar to a bear in hibernation. When in this starvation mode your brain begins slowing down your metabolism. Because your brain is worried where the next meal is coming from, it is going to slow everything down and store rather than allowing food to move through your body. Our bodies are freakin magical and SO much more intelligent than we give them credit for. If we starve them they become confused and try to help us survive. Stop hurting your body and allow it to do it’s job! A very important aspect of your metabolism is making sure it gets jump started first thing in the morning. Once your metabolism turns on it powers high for the rest of the day. If you are not a breakfast person I recommend fruit or toast. Even something small will help this process immensely.

One other huge issue I have touched on before is weight loss with exercise. Eating enough when exercise is CRUCIAL. Providing protein and carbs for your body when working out allows your body to grow muscle. If you do not provide enough food for yourself, rather than taking your energy from fat stores while working out it starts to attack your muscles and cause a decrease in lean muscle mass. Seemingly all of your hard work goes completely unseen. I know this is true because I have seen it for myself. I would eat very little post workout and see little if no results and still have stomach fat I wanted to get rid of. As soon as I started to boost my nutrient dense calories, voila! I lost weight and fat almost instantly.

So you’re saying that all I have to do is eat more and I will lose weight? Well yes and no. If you are in a caloric deficiency, yes eating more is going to help rev up your metabolism and if exercising gain muscle mass. Also as I have mentioned before, the more muscle mass you have the higher your caloric burn per day without doing a single thing. So once you get that muscle mass up, you can happily eat more calories and burn them off without doing a thing. If you are not in a caloric deficiency it depends where your calories are coming from. If you are eating crap, more crap is not going to help you lose weight. I strongly encourage you to start replacing and implementing more nutrient dense foods into your diet. This can be in the form of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and protein. They will fill you up and keep you full like a bag of chips has never done before. Don’t worry you are still allowed to have chips or a cookie, just try to make them a side or treat after you’ve filled up on the good stuff. So yes, more food can definitely mean losing weight. I urge you to give it a try and tell me how it goes. I think you’ll be very surprised at the results. Happy eating my friends!

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