You’re Eating Too Many Calories

You’re Eating Too Many Calories

You’re Always Eating
It is a persistent myth in health and fitness circles that everyone should be eating many, small meals throughout the day.

This has actually been studied thoroughly. No advantage has been found to eating more frequent and smaller meals (7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).

It is natural for humans to eat fewer meals per day and sometimes go long periods without food.

Some people do something called intermittent fasting, eating in an 8-hour window each day or doing 24-hour fasts 1–2 times per week. This can be very useful to break through a plateau.

SUMMARY
There is no proven benefit to eating many, small meals throughout the day. Try eating fewer meals and consider giving intermittent fasting a shot.
12. You’re Cheating Too Often
For people who are able to control themselves, having cheat meals or days every now and then may be fine.

For others, especially those who are prone to food addiction, having cheat meals is likely to do more harm than good.

If you’re cheating often, either with “small cheats” here and there or entire days where you eat nothing but junk food, it can easily ruin your progress.

Having more than 1–2 cheat meals per week (or one cheat day) is going to be excessive.

If you just can’t seem to control yourself around unhealthy foods no matter what you try, perhaps you have food addiction. In that case, completely removing the junk foods from your life could be a good idea.

SUMMARY
Some people can eat junk food from time to time without ruining their progress, but that doesn’t apply to everyone. For others, cheat meals will do more harm than good.
13. You’re Eating Too Many Calories
At the end of the day, calories do matter.

One of the main reasons low-carb and ketogenic diets are so effective is that they reduce appetite and make people eat fewer overall calories without trying.

If you’re not losing weight but are doing all the right things, try counting calories for a while.

Again, create a free account with an online nutrition tracker and track your intake for a few days.

Aim for a deficit of 500 calories per day, which theoretically should make you lose 1 pound of weight per week (although it doesn’t always work in practice)

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