Managing to control your weight without cutting out everything delicious and completely depriving yourself…this is an often-difficult goal which concerns many of us. While a diet is often the solution of choice, we’d like to offer another alternative: meal splitting.
Our unhealthy eating habits
Our daily diet generally consists of three meals, plus a few snacks to satisfy passing cravings. This means that we often tend to eat more at these three meals so as not to feel hungry afterwards, a solution that is not always the best. On the other hand, not eating enough might involve opting for unhealthy snacks once we are overwhelmed by hunger.
In both cases, daily calorie intake and nutritional balance, or, in other words, the consumption of essential elements to maintain good health, are not always under control.
Moreover, when we eat a heavy meal, our body will tend to store the surplus if it’s not eliminated directly through intense physical activity. We are in the process of creating fat. That’s okay, because it will keep you going until the next meal, you may say. FALSE. If you eat your meals too far apart, every time your body seeks energy, it will look for it in fat, BUT will mostly look in muscle. You generally don’t want to lose muscles, especially since they consume the most calories at rest, which helps speed up your metabolism. Learn more here.
Splitting meals to control your diet
So, you see where we’re going with this? Now it’s easy to see why fitness enthusiasts split their meals throughout the day. We also understand the value of breakfast, which is not particularly important by itself, but is a meal like any other that is better split rather than skipped.
In short, the idea is to divide our daily caloric needs into 5 to 6 meals/snacks in a controlled and planned manner. This way, there are no more huge meals which make us feel bad, no more cravings, and no more feeling deprived. And no more fasting, either, which makes us lose muscle.
You still need to eat healthily
With this method, there are still some limitations. You can’t just eat whatever you want, whenever you want. You must use discipline so that these 5 to 6 half-meals will not turn into force-feeding, which would result in rapid weight gain. Therefore, it’s a good idea to maintain a healthy diet with regular physical activity. And, just as with anything, trust your common sense and listen to your body!
At La Fourmi, we have designed our line of cereals and snacks to offer you balanced alternatives in terms of nutritional intake, but also in terms of satiety. We explain the importance of the satiety effect in this article.
Our products are excellent options for meal splitting that will provide you with the energy and pleasure you need to feel fulfilled in your daily diet, while respecting the needs of your metabolism.