10 New Weight Loss and Diet Myths and Facts
Is it a no-no to eat after 8 PM? Discover the real answer to this question and more
People who skip meals or eat erratically have a tendency to overeat to make up for the food they missed. And eating too few calories actually triggers your body to hold on to fat and burn fewer calories. "Hunger is a great indication that your metabolism is turned on," says Borden. "If your metabolism is turned on, you should feel hunger every three to four hours." Bottom line: Being hungry is a good sign, it means that your body's working the way it's supposed to, to burn off calories and keep running smoothly. On the other hand, starving yourself to the point where your body thinks it needs to conserve calories for the long haul is both unhealthy and works against your weight loss goal. So don't be afraid to eat when you're hungry -- just make wise choices.
Capitalize on the facts: Eating smaller meals and healthy snacks throughout the day is far preferable to starving and bingeing. And your mother was right: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy one fuels you up and gets your body energized and ready for the day. Don't skip it.
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