I Can’t Stop Eating in the Evening

Are you one of those people who each almost nothing all day and then when you get home in the evening at dinner time you eat a huge meal followed by snacks and junk food later in the evening and by bedtime your stuffed? Well there’s a reason that you’re so voracious when you get home in the evenings. During the day eating almost nothing causes your body to think that you’re experiencing short term starvation, so when you finally see some food your body causes you to eat a greater volume because it thinks this may be the only thing you’ll get today. It truly is a survival mechanism. What can you do about this? Multiple small meals always works. Try it sometime. Try eating 3 or 4 small 3-400 calorie meals each 3-4 hours apart before 6pm. You’ll see that all of a sudden this tremendous psychological need to eat huge amounts is not there. In addition, you’ll see that you have greater energy during the day, plus you’ll get a more balanced flow of nutrients, fluid and fiber eating multiple small meals. Doing this will take some planning. However in today’s markets there are many food choices that make this easier. For example, all the 100 calorie packs you see advertised, plus there are hundreds of prepackaged bars and snacks some of which are actually healthy choices. These types of foods are convenient, you can store them for long periods of time and are pre-packaged, so you can take them with you anywhere you go. Just open and eat.

All Carbohydrates are not the same

Myth number five – all carbohydrates are the same. First let’s list some carbohydrates: table sugar, green beans, white bread, an Apple, honey, brown sugar, pasta, corn, soda crackers, most sweetened kids cereals and oranges. All of these foods either are 100% carbohydrates or mostly carbohydrates. As you will notice some of these foods are healthy and some not so healthy. The difference lies in the fact that some foods are whole foods and some are processed foods, healthy or unhealthy if you will. Whole foods contain all of the vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrient, and other elements that nature intended. Processing on the other hand involves the removal of many or most of these elements. In addition, processed foods are more calorie dense than whole foods so you tend to consume more calories when you eat processed carbohydrates. So, as you see all carbohydrates indeed are not the same.

Speed Up your Metabolism

Myth number 4 ….I can’t lose weight because I have a slow metabolism. The speed of human metabolism ranges about 20%. Some people have a  metabolism up to 10% faster than average. On the other hand some people have metabolisms up to 10% slower than average. In layman’s terms, the average female with a 10% slower metabolism than average would gain about 13 pounds a year more than a person with an average metabolism. If you think you have a slow metabolism, all you have to do it’s adjust your caloric intake down by about 10% and you’ll be the same as someone with an average metabolism.

High sugar diet will kill you

Myth number 3….Sugar in your diet will make you gain weight.  The truth is, sugar which comes in many forms is a necessary part of your daily diet.  In the average diet sugar is a portion of our consumption.  Along with fat, protein, fiber, water and essential nutrients, sugar is used for immediate and short term energy.  While ”processed” sugar (all the healthy components removed) can increase the chances of Diabetes and rot your teeth, it’s not the culprit responsible for fat gain or loss.  It is the number of calories consumed vs. the number burned that causes this loss or gain.

and remember

INFORMATION+EDUCATION+MOTIVATION=RESULTS
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Eating late at night will make you Fat

Myth number 2 in the series..Eating after 8pm makes you fat

The truth is, we usually eat our quota of calories (the number of calories needed to maintain our current weight) by 8pm, then we eat excess calories after 8pm. These calories don’t make us fatter BECAUSE we eat them then lay down and sleep but rather because these calories represent excess calories for the day. In addition, the foods we generally eat after 8pm are the sweeter, better tasting, higher calorie foods.  It does’t take much of these choices to add lots of calories to our day.

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