What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you.

Listen to your body

Our bodies are pretty amazing. They really are quite sophisticated, and they perform automatic operations – like breathing, hydration management, and cell regeneration – all day long to keep us moving.

One of the things many people in the diet industry like to talk about is just how ‘smart’ our brains are when it comes to nutrition. Many diet ‘gurus’ talk about how your body keeps track of your feeding routine, and regulates your metabolism accordingly. They would have you believe that to go three hours without eating spells some sort of metabolic disaster.

This simply isn’t true.

You can go many, many days without ANY food and still be alive. So a couple of hours really isn’t going to hurt. BUT this isn’t such a problem until you realise that many dieters are OVERFEEDING themselves simply in order to keep eating something every few hours to satisfy this strange idea.

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Many dieters are OVERFEEDING themselves simply in order to keep eating something every few hours to satisfy this strange idea.

So let me liberate you.

I find that my evening meal is usually my most social, and thus my most important meal of the day. I like to keep the bulk of my daily calorie intake for this meal.

So I don’t eat much during the daytime which gives me a good number of calories to ‘spend’ on supper. I don’t eat every three hours. I don’t necessarily eat every eight hours. I eat when I need to during the day, and when I want to at dinner time.

And guess what? My body and brain both cope very well like this.

Everyone is different. Some people feel very weak and energy-less if they don’t eat small, regular meals. Others can go for hours without eating and then get their healthy calories in with one or two good meals a day. Listen to YOUR body and decide what you need in order to stick to your diet plan and achieve your weight loss goals.

Take a look at more tips from the series “What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose” below:

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