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31 Days - March 11: Eat on Time!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Today, Spark tells us:

Chew on schedule. Too much time between meals can drop your energy levels, decrease your metabolism and result in overeating. Space your meals evenly throughout the day and eat a healthy snack between each meal.

This is a great piece of advice. It is so important to make sure that you don't get too hungry during the day. Not only does your energy level drop, but your judgment just goes to crap when you are really, genuinely hungry. How many times have you reached for something really unhealthy to eat out of pure hunger? It happens to me whenever I allow myself to get that hungry..which is why I try to NOT let myself get that hungry..

Which brings up a curious point. You would think that when you are going through the process of trying to eat well and lose weight, that hunger would somewhat become your companion, and you would get used to it. But I think the WORST thing for our progress on this journey is to allow ourselves to get hungry to the point of a dropped energy level, slowed metabolism, and bad judgment. So do space out your meals in a way that works for your body and make sure to have those good snacks in between, it really, really is the difference between success and failure, in my opinion.

Have a Sparky day!!
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    Well, I know that this is helpful in many ways... proven tonight. Read my blog and know how out of hand the day got. I finally grabbed cold cheese pizza at 8:30 didn't taste good, didn't enjoy it, was so hungry I could have eaten my sock...

    Had I had something with me to eat... it all would have gone much better... I do eat at 6:30am eat lunch at 11am have a snack at 2;30 ish and dinner at 6ish... with a an occasional snack at 9ish depending on dinner time and volume....
    3520 days ago
    My problem some days is that I eat on a schedule and I may not be "hungry". Breakfast at 6:45 a.m., snack at 9:00 a.m., lunch at 11:30, you get the picture. Gotta love that routine!
    3521 days ago
    I just read something in runner's magazine (from the dr.'s office lol) that contradicts this theory. Very strange.


    see rule 5.

    I'm so confused!

    (btw, the rest of the article is very good)
    3521 days ago
    Before starting Spark, I never snacked, I just ate supersized meals. Now I nibble all day and I find I am more satisfied at meals. And when I am out and have missed a meal or snack it is a supersized meal and you know what happens. As they say, fail to plan, you plan to fail.
    3521 days ago
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