You may be wondering why I would even consider addressing how to eat enough calories. Isn’t the problem with most people eating TOO many calories?
Well yes, eating too many calories is definitely a problem, and a big factor in increasing trends of obesity, BUT not eating enough calories also leads to lack of results and carrying around extra weight. I know it seems a bit crazy but it’s true.
For example, have you tried eating low calories or just one meal a day but lacked any sort of weight loss results like you planned on? This is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. You won’t likely get fatter BUT you also won’t loss the extra weight you’re trying to get off.
If you go to low on calories your results will plateau and you body won’t burn fat as efficiently or as quickly as before. Click to tweet this quote.
See your body NEEDS calories to function, and when you’re not getting enough calories in your diet your metabolism will slow down to conserve energy and you’ll also store fat rather than burn it.
This IS NOT the ideal fat burning situation. So it’s important you’re getting the right amount of calories in your diet.
Now as you start loading up with healthy foods such as lean meats, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and other healthy eats you may notice it can actually be difficult to get in those calories. Many of these foods are SOO lean so it’ll seem like you’re eating a lot of food. Well get used to it! You need to get those calories in if you want results!
Here are a few tips on how to eat enough calories:
- Eat bigger portion sizes. For instance if you’re goal is 1500 calories per day and you eat 3 times a day then make sure you’re getting around 500 calories per meal. This means bigger portion sizes at each meal to make sure you get those calories in. More meat, veggies, fats, and carbs! Load up!
- Make sure you’re getting a good balance of protein, carbs, and fats at each meal. All these nutrients are necessary in your diet so don’t skimp on any one of them and avoid any diets that tell you to drastically limit any one of these nutrients.
- Add another meal or snack in to your day. If you’re only eating 3 meals a day and struggling to get enough calories in then you may want to consider adding in another meal or a good size snack to make up for those lost calories. A handful of nuts or two tablespoons of nut butter makes a great snack and is around 200 calories!
- Lastly, if you’re not even sure how many calories you’re eating a day I suggest you start logging! If you have weight loss goals it’s important to know what and how much you’re putting in your mouth! I use the myfitnesspal app and love it, so be sure to check it out.
So how many calories do you eat a day on average? Tell me by leaving a comment below!