There is an endless variety of dieting techniques out there. It has arrived at a point that anyone who wants to advertise or promote their eating strategy has to go to great effort to capture attention as there are so many varieties of weight loss plans. Frequently, this means pushing ideas that are far from conventional. While the need to continue to try a new approach to weight loss has resulted in some exciting and, at times, useful dieting strategies, more often than not these strategies are not inherently healthy and may cause problems.
But what about the basics? The simple strategies done well can bring you positive weight loss results…
Eating two meals a day. Ask anyone who is struggling with weight loss if they have tried eating just two meals a day – with nothing in between. If they say yes, then follow-up with asking for how long they have been attempting this style of eating.
Anyone who has eaten just two meals a day for a decent chunk of time: a few weeks at least, will have experienced some weight loss success. Almost always, those who struggle with their body weight have never attempted eating just two meals a day. If so, they would have stumbled on a simple but effective strategy that works.
Overeating with just two daily meals is challenging to pull off. As long as you are not eating junk meals all the time, you should be able to keep your intake within a reasonable range. When you are eating two daily meals, it means there is a significant amount of time during your day when you are not eating anything. Between lunch and dinner, or the time before and after those meals, your body undergoes a short fast. Any time you go several hours without eating, despite the urges, you are giving your digestive system some respite.
If you eat reasonable portion sizes during your two meals, you will not gain weight. And it is very likely you will lose those pounds you want to be rid of.
Try eating just lunch and dinner. Most people will find lunch and dinner are two daily meals they could structure and manage. Just don’t eat first thing in the morning – despite having been told countless times breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day with a tea or coffee, and wait a few hours until your lunch.
Keep it light. Eat slowly, and drink a large glass of water with your meal. Follow up with fruit: this will help keep you full without overeating.
Then, eat at dinner. After work on your weekdays, or in the early evening on the weekends. You will not go to bed hungry this way, and you’ will only deal with mild hunger in the morning, and occasionally in the afternoons.