Mamatoga Fit Tip: Meal timing: How much should you eat, how often, and when?

I am going to keep this week’s segment short and to the point in hopes that I lessen the potential confusion. With that said, I will also reiterate my disclaimer yet again. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not entirely work for another so play around with the “rules”, if necessary. Pay attention to your body, and make changes if you feel they are what you need.

 

Rule #1

Eat breakfast. As soon as you wake up, eat something. Have a breakfast that combines a good balance of protein, healthy fat, and a healthy starch. (First thing in the morning is one of the best times to have your starches, because your body will more readily use them for energy after having nothing to eat all night.)

Rule #2

Eat every 3 to 4 hours. Do not go any longer than four hours without eating SOMETHING. This meal can be smaller than your breakfast but still get a good balance of protein, healthy fat, and carbs. (When I say carbs I am referring to fruits and/or vegetables and lots of them)

Rule #3

Drink water all day. Period. (I like mine with lemon)

Rule #4

On the days that you work out, have a protein shake during your workout, at the end of your workout, or immediately after your workout. Your body needs it.

Rule #5

The meal you have about an hour or so after that workout? That is the optimal time to have another serving of a healthy starch with your meal.

Rule #6

Have fruits and/or vegetables with every meal. And by “every meal”, I meant to say EVERY MEAL.

Rule #7

Only eat REAL food made with real ingredients. No artificial additives. No preservatives. No frozen “convenience” meals.  No boxed food mixes with flavor packets. None of it. Just real food.

Rule #8

Consume healthy fats and oils. Nuts, avocados, and olive oil are examples of foods naturally high in fat that are good for you. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Potato chips, soda, and convenience foods do that.

That’s it! If it seems too simple, good! Try doing this for 1 week and let me know how it works out for you!

I am hoping it works very well!

 

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