Ian Anderson 11 a.m., Dec. 9
Start eating more.
As I sat and spoke with fitness experts Erik Mara and Shirley Moran, I began to realize that this diet thing was easy. They kept coming back to eating six times per day.
Shirley clarified the approach, "I have three kids and when they were babies I had to feed them every three hours. That's the same thing we want to do as adults".
Shirley is onto something here. If we were fed that way as babies, there must be a reason. Erik and Shirley believe the reason is that eating this way helps our body work better.
"When you eat every three hours, the body never goes into storage mode. This is the number one thing we try to get people to do. Before we look at what they're eating we change how they're eating. Go ahead and keep your three big meals but add a meal replacement bar or a protein shake in between".
I've given this a try and I must admit my clothes are fitting better and I have more energy.
Of course, if you're eating 800 calories per meal six times a day you will gain weight unless there is some serious exercising going on.
After people start eating six times per day, it is time to begin the process of eating clean.
Sometimes Erik makes a week's worth of meals in advance." I get the containers out and prepare all my meals for the week and then just heat them up. I don't have to decide what to eat everyday, it's already there".
It would seem that eating correctly is less about discipline and more about planning.
Eating clean means removing refined sugars, bad sources of fat, and low quality carbohydrates and replacing them with greens, vegetables, fish, and poultry.
"We still eat dessert at least once a week. The amazing thing is how good it tastes when we're not eating sugary treats everyday. That one dessert tastes so much better once your taste buds quit their addiction to sweets".