Monday, November 14, 2011

Why eat at least 5 times a day?? 8 times?? Have people lost it??

Hey everybody... first of all I'd like to thank you all for the overwhelming response to the blog... a whopping 238 views and growing in the past 2 days!! Thanks again.
Coming back to Fitness, have you ever wondered why people keep saying, "Eat 5 times a day" "Eat 6 times a day", in fact I know people who even eat 8 times a day. Why do they do this? Do they have nothing better to do? or have they lost it?? I'm sure you wonder.
I tell you now, they have neither lost it nor do they have nothing better to do.

They are trying to fool their bodies into utilizing the excess fat stored for emergency situations, as discussed in the earlier post.


How do they fool their bodies?? 
Let me take you back in time.
Thousands of years ago, we didn't have Ruffles Lays ( Ya, I still like to use Ruffles) ,Samosas , Subways , Mc Donalds , the Chana Chor guys , Bhelwalas ,Bourbon etc. to provide us with mouth watering food whenever we felt hungry. We were NOMADS, covering long distances on foot in search of food. So, If Nomad Bhushan felt hungry , he couldn't grab a Vada Paav from Jumbo King and fill himself up, he had to HUNT hard for food. There were times when Nomad Bhushan wouldn't find anything to eat for 12 -18 hours or even more than a day. Let's assume that Nomad Bhushan is trying to hunt for food... It's been 12 hours since he last ate ( Chicken tandoori without the masaalas..Ugh!) .. The super intelligent brain now starts thinking that a famine like situation is on the way ...It goes in to The Starvation Mode.Now, Nomad Bhushan finds food to eat and eats it after a GAP OF 13 hours. The brain tells the body " Boss ye khaana 13 hrs ke baad aaya, agla khaana aane ko 24 ghanta bhi lag sakta hai.. Pls store it in the form that can be later utilized during such crises". The body follows what the brain says and saves a major portion of the food that Nomad Bhushan ate as FAT , because FAT is a form of energy that can be stored and used in the future when needed.

This is exactly what happens when you eat after a gap of more than 3 - 4 hours. So how do we prevent the body from storing the major portion of the food ingested, as Fat??? By giving it food in moderate amounts at regular intervals. That sends a signal to the super intelligent brain that this body is going to get food at regular intervals, so I needn't instruct it to store a lot of fat for emergency situations of starvation.

What I have observed is that most people give Breakfast a cold shoulder.I've even heard Breakfast screaming "What's with the attitude people??!!"  Think about it... Last you ate was the previous night at around 10 pm, then you directly have Lunch at 1 pm ( 15 Hrs Gap) , then some people snack ( everybody should) , else you directly have dinner at 10 pm ( 9 Hrs Gap) . You are not leaving the body any option but to save the ingested food as fat to fuel your normal bodily functions and movement for those 15 hours and 9 hours.
So take the First and One of the Most Important steps, towards losing that extra Fat,  and eat every 3 - 4 hours or even better every 2.5 - 3 hours...This way the body will increase your Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR, more on this in the upcoming posts) and start using the excess stored Fat as a source of energy!!
 

4 comments:

  1. What about a person like me who has very high BMR??

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  2. Cool...I like the funda of 'Eat more...Stay fit'!

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  3. Hi Anand! For a person like you who has a high BMR, your goal is to make sure you fulfill your calorie needs and eat more than your BMR , so that you don't lose muscle/weight.. Use the following formula to get your BMR.

    For Men: BMR = 66 + ( 13.7 x weight in kilos ) + ( 5 x height in cm ) - ( 6.8 x age in years ).

    And you must workout regularly to put on Lean Body Mass. All the best!

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  4. Hey Prasad,
    Eating regular moderate meals every 3 hours will skyrocket your energy levels. Give it a shot. Cheers!

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