5 meals a day eaten 3 hours a part will keep your metabolism on fire!
Now this is NOT 5 meals from a fast food restaurant OR 5 meals of only carbs, or fats, or protein.
These are 5 well-balanced meals.
What constitutes well-balanced meals?
Have you heard of macronutrient profiles? That is what the food is made of: carbohydrate, protein, fat.
It is always best to have a balanced macronutrient ratio as opposed to over-emphasising one macronutrient over another. For example, the food types for all meals should always combine a combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat.
Many diets over or under emphasise the consumption of at least one of the food types (macronutrients: carbohydrate, protein, fat). For example, the general public has been brainwashed by ‘mainstream’ dieticians and nutritionists over the last 20+ years to follow a high carbohydrate/low fat diet and this has contributed to our society getting fatter!
In desperation, people are now turning to one of the many low-carbohydrate diet books that are filling the shelves of bookstores everywhere! These diets work in the short term (by suppressing insulin secretion) but simply aren’t sustainable for most people. Foods that contain carbohydrates are everywhere!
Having a balance between the 3 macronutrients seems to be the simplest and easiest way to lose weight fast, maintain energy and provide the body with all the nutrients it needs for proper functioning. This style of eating is also easily sustained for the rest of one’s life.
The recommended macronutrient profile for each meal is as follows:
- 30-40% of calories from carbohydrate
- 30-50% of calories from protein
- 20-30% of calories from fat
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