We have been recently discussing the subject of running to lose weight, and today’s post focusing primarily on the diet and eating side of the weight loss equation. Running can be a key factor in losing weight, but today we will just focus on eating.
last year, I had the privilege of getting to know Dr. Robert Maki. Dr. Maki is a naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, California who specializes in the subject of weight loss, and he also has a weight loss podcast as well. He has plenty of information and tips on weight loss that you can find at the links provided.
One of the basic concepts that Dr. Robert pointed out is that it is just as important when you eat as what you eat. You may already now that you need to consume less calories than you burn. And, you may even know that eating too much food with high fat and simple sugar content will tend to make you increase weight. However, did yo know that if you eat at the right time of day you will have more self control, and tend to eat less of these kinds of foods?
According to Dr. Robert, most people get into a poor eating cycle that leads to weight gain. The cycle starts with eating little or no breakfast. You go through the morning with a low energy level, and you go to lunch famished. If you have skipped breakfast, you are more likely to eat heavy fattening foods at lunch and dinner. And, the trend continues at dinner time; you devour more fattening and heavy foods. I know that when I get to this point of hunger, I grab anything I can find, and before I know it, I have already eaten something I shouldn’t have.
One solution that can help you have better self-control is to eat a healthy sized breakfast, a reasonable sized lunch and a small dinner. There is a quote on this subject that says ‘Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Queen, and Breakfast like a Pauper. By eating more in the morning, your body does not become overly hungry at the end of the day, and your mind and body will have better control over what you eat. This may be backwards to what you are accustomed to, but this is what the doctor has ordered for your weight loss.
What do you think?
Do you normally eat a decent breakfast?
Does eating breakfast help you have better control throughout the day?
Start eating a reasonable breakfast, and see how that affects your eating later in the day. Let us know how it goes!