Why You Need to Eat More to Lose Weight
By Laura Kelly-Pifer
As a busy mom, there are situations where I feel like I just don’t have time to eat. It’s easy to get sidetracked and off schedule from what my meal plan is. And, for many folks like me, you would think that skipping a meal here or there or by limiting our food intake to less than 1200 calories per day that the extra pounds would just fall off. Today, I want to share with you why you actually need to eat more to lose weight.
Our bodies are conditioned to do many things. Some of which we like and some of which we don’t. But when you begin to consume too few calories (or too few meals), it can lead to an increased appetite and low satiety as your body begins to think that it’s going into starvation mode. You may find it harder to stay on track with your meal plan when you’re feeling hungry and dissatisfied. And you may suffer from cravings and mood swings, which can lead to either over eating or under eating. My brother uses a term for this and it fits me to a tee. It’s called “hangry.” When I go with out food, I get hungry and I get angry. Does any of this sound familiar?
When going into starvation mode, your body will make a choice: lose body fat or lose muscle. Unfortunately, we can’t totally make that choice ourselves yet we can influence what does happen by making better choices. When you choose to eat fewer calories, your body will choose to drop calorie-burning muscle rather than fat. That’s what we want, right!?! When you begin to lose large amounts of lean muscle mass, it will lead to weight loss but without the improvement of body composition and it may begin to affect your overall health. For some folks, this leaves them frustrated and in a constant battle with trying to lose or manage their weight. And, if you’re using a high intensity program like P90X, Insanity or TurboFire, you’ve got to eat. Period!
Do you know how many calories per day to eat to lose weight? Many folks don’t; I didn’t when I began my journey. So today, I want you to post if you need help figuring that out or need another set of eyes to make sure you’re on track.
Wishing you good health!