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The Secret Is Timing
By Jorge Cruise, LifeScript Fitness Coach
Saturday, May 3, 2008
You know what they say: Timing is everything. Well, your daily meal agenda is no different. I suggest you eat a nutritious, satisfying breakfast within one hour of rising, and three hours later eat your first snack. Lunch comes about three hours after your morning snack, and three hours after lunch, eat your afternoon snack, followed by dinner – you guessed it – three hours later. Before you go to bed, eat your last snack. I recommend drinking whey protein shakes for your thrice-daily snacks and eating 3-5 ounces of protein and 2-4 cups of veggies or fruit during mealtimes.
Why is eating every three hours so powerful in helping you restore lean muscle tissue? In a nutshell, it will help you do three vital things: reduce your cortisol hormone levels, which contribute to belly bulge; keep your metabolism elevated so you stay energized and continue to burn fat; and help control your appetite so you don’t overeat. This is such a vital secret; I promise you will see dramatic results!
This is really critical - people really need to find the time! Not having the time is why so many of us have managed to get overweight to begin with. Honestly the only thing that takes the time is the 3 meals. If you do a little preplanning, the only time your snacks should take is 5 minutes. I know I do a modified version of what he suggests. Some days I do 6 mini meals and other days I do 3 meals with 2-3 snacks.
At some point you have to ask yourself if you are worth the little extra effort to make this a lifestyle change. Are you ready?
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie
Kierae - happily maintaining since 1/2009
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