5. Change Meal Frequency
This is contentious.
It’s a been a technique for body builders: they eat 5+ meals per day. They claim the thermic effect of eating helps to burn fat. There is energy expenditure involved in the body processing food (particularly protein).
Some claim this is myth, yet there is research showing that the Thermic Affect of Food (TEF) is very real. A recent study of gastric bypass patients showed enhanced TEF after surgery.
Gastric bypass patients can only eat small amounts at a time (leading them to a pattern of little and often)
What You Can Do
- If you are eating three square meals a day – start adding snacks in between (which may mean reducing the portion size of the main meals).
- If skipping breakfast has been your thing – maybe it’s time to change that.
- Be careful this doesn’t backfire.
I did this and ended up eating all the time thinking I was being healthy. You still need to make wise choices and not overeat.