Here are some very important points I think you will find interesting when it comes to eating. It is very important that you eat at least six small meals a day. Over time I have come across so many people who believe if they don't eat then they will lose weight. That they will finally fit in those jeans that they bought. I pull out my hair with this subject and try to explain to them that they are jeopardizing their lean muscle mass, slowing down their metabolism, and not giving their bodies enough fuel to perform in the weight room or have the energy to do any everyday activities.
Like I have said in the past and will continue to say it, you must eat in order for your body to lose weight...PERIOD! Here are a couple of interesting findings that I think will help you understand how the process works.
Our ancestors roamed the jungles and plains, they encountered frequent times of deprivation and hardships. So just like bears in winter, their bodies became adept at storing calories, in the form of fat, to tide them over during times when food was scarce.
The more frequently body is exposed to times of deprivation, the more it conspires to store fat and to jettison lean muscle tissue. This is because muscle requires more calories than fat does. People who go on calorie-restrictive diets create a modern version of starvation. They are not eating enough calories to maintain their lean muscle tissue. As soon as people go off these diets (or starving themselves), BOOM: The body instinctively begins storing fat.
The Bad News Here Is: By burning away muscle, you're sacrificing the body's greatest weapon in the fight against flab.
The Good News To Think About Is: For each pound of muscle you gain, your body burns up to 50 extra calories a day, just sitting still.
By eating six meals a day, it gives your body a steady stream of fuel throughout the day to balance what your body is doing.
So think about food as something that will help you rather than something that will stop you from achieving your fitness goals.
So if you can, get a piece of paper and write this formula down. Stick it in front of your fridge and remember what you need to do each and every day.
MORE FOOD=MORE MUSCLE=LESS FLAB
LESS FOOD=LESS MUSCLE=MORE FLAB
Zinczenko, D. Eat Right Every Time Guide. Pg. 53-57.