Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No Skipping

As I write this, its almost 10 am. I spent this morning in a rather hectic fashion. Did some work, lots of work actually, sent some emails off for work, washed the truck and took an important phone call. Before I knew it, the morning was gone.

I'm at the pool right now while the girls are having their swim lessons (today's is on pool safety, they aren't actually in the water and I know they will leave disappointed). Next up is library and then when its done back home for lunch.

So far, I haven't had time for breakfast or a snack. I'm hungry.

Not good.

Its not a good thing to skip meals. For several reasons.

First, the longer you go without eating, the more your body holds on to fat and the unwanted stuff. Eating twice a day, then, is not good, even if they are small meals.

Also, the longer you go without eating, the more likely you are to make bad choices. The last thing you want to do is put yourself in a vulnerable situation. I'd probably find it tough to resist a plate of, say cupcakes. I don't like cupcakes. I normally don't eat cupcakes. But if I'm super hungry, it would be tough to resist.

It's better to eat five or six times a day, every couple of hours. So if you follow an 1800-calorie meal plan, you could have a 200 calorie breakfast at 7, 100 calorie snack at 9, 500 calorie lunch at noon, 100 calorie snack at 3 and you would 900 calories heading into dinner.

What does that look like?

Energy bar with water at breakfast (210 calories)

Banana (100 cal)

Turkey grinder (400 cal) with side of plain yogurt with fruit (160)

Peach (60) and plum (30)

Baked penne with roasted veggies (600) and garlic bread (100)
That doesn't sound bad at all, does it?


5thsister said...

Wonderful, wonderful food choices.

Willoughby said...

My husband knows quite a few guys who follow the small, frequent meals food plan. They've all lost weight eating that way. It's a good idea!

Angie Eats Peace said...

I get NUTS if I skip a meal. Not good for anyone.