So today I would like to talk about a phrase that is constantly thrown around when it comes to consuming food. The most common advice you hear when you want to get in shape is to “eat in moderation” or you can eat something unhealthy as long as you “eat in moderation”. But exactly how much is moderation? Is what I believe in the right amount of consumption the same as yours? What makes all of us unique is our perception to the world around us.
I think what people mean to say is “eat until you are full.” If you listen to your body, it will tell you when it cannot consume anymore food. You won’t feel hunger pains and you still feel comfortable enough to move around. Don’t feel ashamed if you grow full fast, that just means leftovers for another day. It’s a nice thought to pretend we have that 2nd stomach for dessert, but it’s simply being shoveled on top of the fullness we already feel, making us stuffed. When you’re “stuffed”, you feel bloated and that it’s difficult to move, definitely not feeling energized.
But you should also beware of foods that I like to call “empty calories”. I’m not stating that these foods have zero calories, but that it’s easy to eat large portions of the food in a short amount of time and has no nutritional benefits. For example, chips. They are easy to eat many of, but aren’t doing any good to your body.
There isn’t only one guaranteed answer on how much you should eat throughout the course of the day. Some people go by eating three meals a day, some eat 6-8 smaller meals a day, and some people might eat two meals because they stay full longer. What’s important at the end of the day is that you are not starving yourself or eating 10,000 calories a day, but that you are staying healthy. You can check sites on how many calories you should be eating around to help or you can eat until you are full, and eat again when you start to feel hungry.
I hope all of you have a great rest of the day!
©Frank Anthony 2017