What We Are Told To Do
The main reason why a lot of people struggle to lose weight (and keep it off) is because we are taught to lose weight the hard and stressful way. We stress our bodies and our minds, and even if we happen to lose all the weight it’s very hard to keep it up long-term. This is because we are told to do more. We are told to eat more often (six meals a day), and we are told to exercise or move around more.
For one thing, time is an issue for a lot of people trying to lose weight. If they have to eat more often and exercise more, who has time to lose weight in the first place? People have busy lives with work, activities, and families. If someone feels like they have to go to the gym twice a day, and find the time to prepare and eat six meals, it can be very discouraging. Sure people can lose weight that way if they are very precise, but there’s a much easier way to lose.
Less is More
Eating more often will make eating a habit. It will also make it easier to overeat. If you eat all throughout the day, you definitely won’t ever feel hungry, but you will also feel like eating all the time. It’s like the more you do something, the more you want to do it. Just like an object in motion wants to stay in motion. Any way you look at it, you can easily eat more than you should, and it won’t create any caloric reduction to lose weight. You might be highly motivated to stick with a certain calorie amount in the beginning, but most likely sooner or later you’ll be eating more calories than you intend to.
Another problem with how we are told to lose weight is that we need to exercise more. Unless you’re bedridden, you probably already walk around enough in your own life and don’t need to add any more stress on your body. Working out has been known to increase your appetite, and make you move around less than you normally would as it stresses and tires your body out. Exercise is good for cardiovascular health and physical fitness, but not necessarily for weight loss. I’m not saying don’t exercise, but if your main goal is weight loss it’s not necessary, and it may unknowingly hinder your goals.
The main thing that's best for weight loss in particular is eating less, less often, and exercising less, or not at all. Eating less often will make eating become less of a habit (eating more, more often stimulates your appetite), and exercising also stimulates the appetite (don’t be fooled by the 500 calorie loss you worked off, when you will feel compelled to eat even more calories back later).
One Meal A Day?
One of the best ways to reduce and control your eating is to eat one meal a day. Eating one meal a day can be better described as eating only one time a day. For example, it could be between the hours of 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 8pm, or whatever fits your schedule. The main thing is you are giving your body time away from food, you are allowing yourself to feel a little hungry now and to feel completely satisfied later. You are allowing your stomach to shrink throughout the day so when you do eat 1400 calories or so you feel full. You don’t feel like you’re on a diet, you can keep it up, and you can lose weight!
While eating one meal a day may seem like a crazy concept for you, it’s really not! There are a lot of benefits to this way of eating, and it’s the easiest way to eat for weight loss. It’s not a starvation diet (you still eat whatever daily calorie amount you need), and it won’t slow your metabolism, or lead to an eating disorder. It’s a way to eat that is very satisfying and lets you live your life without the constant obsession over food. For More Information on eating one meal a day visit here.
Disclaimer: Before undertaking any diet or exercise plan, please consult your physician or healthcare professional. UltimateLife is not a doctor or trained health professional. Thank-you for your interest and support!
© 2013 Michelle V
Lou m on April 11, 2017:
I actually tried this a few years back and it worked.I ate one meal a day for 4 months and lost 60 pounds!! No excersise except the the little bit of walking I do at work.it takes a lot of will power the first few weeks but after that your stomach will shrink and your body will become used to the routine.also,i've never felt tired or sick at anytime.but everyone is different so I don't expect this to be for everybody but it definately worked for me.
Michelle V (author) from USA on July 05, 2015:
Thanks seigfried23. I agree, two meals can better for some and you still get the same benefits!
one love on January 28, 2015:
Greatist practice for a good health in life. Healthcare field wouldn't like the idea of one-a-day meal because if everyone practice that way hospitals will go out of business...