What I find with new clients is that most are not eating enough. There is a misconception out there about the less you eat the less you weigh, this is not true at all. The less you eat the more you put your body into starvation mode, the more you rely on adrenaline to get through the day and the higher your cortisol levels will be. Starvation mode equals higher carb cravings and more stored fat. High cortisol levels equals stored fat and no fat burn. Lose, Lose, Lose.
Lets think of it this way. Without putting fuel in your car you won't get very far at all. Why do you think your body is any different? Food is fuel for our body. It is what we use function and repair. I swear most people are more concerned with putting fuel in there car before fueling their bodies the right way. Think about this for a minute......... Let it sink in......... How does this even make sense?
Now let's look into to this analogy a little deeper. How do you think your car would run if you filled it with oil instead of fuel? Not good right? It would ruin the car. Everyone knows this. Your body is exactly the same. You fill it with cheap, crappy or the wrong fuel (deep fried, pre-packaged food) you can not function properly and eventually ruin your insides.
Now if you are like the average Australian your average day would be similar to the following;
Morning: rushing out the door, slept longer than I should have, grab a coffee on the way to work.
Morning tea: craving sugar, grab muffin or coffee for morning tea.
Lunch: sandwich, pasta or meat and rice, craving carbs as energy is low.
Mid Afternoon: Energy lull, craving sugar, need a sugar or coffee hit.
Dinner: STARVING, eat everything in sight, usually high carb meals and the biggest meal of the day.
If you look at that list above your body is running on mostly caffeine, sugar and adrenaline all day long. This is why you get the morning lull and afternoon lull in energy. Your energy levels should be level throughout the day. By the end of the day you are so hungry that you overeat and you generally eat the wrong things. You are also re-fueling your body after you actually needed the energy. Kind of like putting fuel in your car after the long trip instead of before.
Food is fuel. Food is your energy source. If you are fueling your body properly throughout the day your body will not store it as fat. Instead it will use the fuel. That's why the more you eat the hungrier you get and the less you eat the less hungry you feel. When you don't eat enough your body goes into survival mode and stores everything you eat because it does not know when it will get food again. Increase the amount of meals you eat and your body will start to use it all up and increase your metabolism so you can become a fat burning machine.