Here is a quick explanation on how metabolism works in regards to your diet. Yes, many factors affect your overall metabolism (age, sex, muscle, physical activity), but this analogy will discuss why smaller meals more frequent is the way to go for successful weight loss.
- YOU ARE A MACHINE – You are a car. You run on fuel, and get a certain amount of miles per gallon (this is your metabolism). Some gas is better than others, however for this explanation, we are converting gas into general calories. So to sum it up, the amount of miles you travel compared to how much gas you have in the car will represent how well your metabolism is working.
- RAN OUT OF GAS – Let say you have no gas in your car. Your car will, of course, not move. It is a fact that when you consume little to no calories, your metabolism is inactive. Your body will stop utilizing gas (calories) as its energy, and start breaking down the internal car parts to move. I don’t think I have to tell you that this is bad. Many people who are on a very calorie restrictive diet who also work out a lot will find it hard to lose weight because your body is trying to hold on to as much as it can to function normally, while using what it does’t think is important as energy. YOUR CAR WON’T MOVE WITHOUT GAS.
- TO MUCH GAS – Your car has a gas tank that can expand and can hold WAY more gas than it needs. You can fill it up as much as you want, and your car will work VERY hard, but your car will move SLOWLY. All of that gas is weighing your car down and decreasing your miles per gallon. You are producing excess exhaust and making your engine parts dirty. Overfilling your gas tank will cause some gas to spill out and unfortunately, your car absorbs this excess weight as ‘hard to use gas’ aka…fatty fat fat. YOU DON’T NEED ALL THAT GAS.
- JUST RIGHT – When you fill up your gas tank just enough to get to your next destination, you win. You have found that happy medium of the right amount of gas for the right amount of miles. When you are traveling, and you are running out of gas in this mode, you will coast to the next gas station to refuel (coasting is my way of saying fat/weight loss). You are getting the best miles per gallon because you are not being weighed down, and you have gas to move. Your parts are running very efficiently and your system know how to handle the waste. For longer road trips, you can add more gas to the tank, but just enough to handle the extended distance. JUST ENOUGH GAS IS GOOD.
As stated earlier, this is in regards to your diet. If you have a high tech car with super premium gas, you will have better performance. Certain model cars just work better than other. Upgrading your car parts will increase its ability to run. Now how hard is that to understand???
Eat smaller meals more often Speed-Racer!