Eat More to Lose Weight
It goes against everything you’ve ever been taught: eat more to lose weight. What? What about calories in, calories out? What about you must burn more calories than you eat?
How could eating MORE actually help you lose weight?
Well, like we recently posted—starvation mode can impact weight loss when you’re restricting calories—but it goes a little deeper.
It’s how your body respond to weight loss, reduced intake and stress.
Skipping meals leads to starvation mode—or more aptly put—metabolic adaptation. Your brain thinks you are in crisis, so it conserves energy by using fewer calories, makes you tired so you move less and makes you hungry so you eat more. It also causes your body to feast on muscles instead of fat.
When you lose muscle-you burn fewer calories because that muscle required more energy to take up residence on your bones.
In addition, when you’re restricting your calories, your brain can take that as stress. So it releases cortisol which increases belly fat storage—just in case you need that fat on a rainy day.
Thanks again, brain.
So how does eating more have anything to do with any of this?
Well, it’s how you trick your brain into letting go of the past…by past, we mean fat.
Eat More to Lose Weight
Eat more to lose weight, right? Yes, it’s simple. But not burgers and fries, my friend.
You have to eat more filling and nutrient dense foods so your body uses less to function—that way you’re getting your caloric deficit and making your brain think you’re high on the hog when it comes to nourishment. Protein is the best choice for nutrient dense AND filling.
Fill your tank with proteins like lean beef, turkey, chicken, nuts, and the like. Eat vegetables with every meal and limit your carb intake. Simple carbs are high calorie foods that won’t fill you up very long.
Give it a try. Eat some oatmeal, an egg white omelette and some turkey bacon for breakfast.
You’ll find yourself not getting snack attacks before lunch. If you do, you’ll find eating some protein foods for snacks will fill you up longer.
So, you’ll eat MORE of these foods in volume, and you’ll spend fewer calories doing it.
See, you might be tempted to skip meals or even days of eating, but you’ll gain the weight back and then some. Remember starvation mode?
If you eat more and make that ‘more’ proteins and healthy foods—you will literally feel like you’re stuffed all day—and you’ll still lose weight.
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