Do you know why an increased number of meals will burn more body fat faster?
Whether your goal is to build muscle or lose fat, you will feed your body more often than the normal 3 meals per day.
Most people in today's world don't even eat 3 times per day. Some are down to just a single meal each day.
You will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner but you'll also eat a meal in between each of those meals and before you go to bed.
Don't like to eat breakfast?
Well, you will get accustomed to eating breakfast. And then you won't be able to go without it. A good meal for breakfast is vital to your muscle building and fat loss success.
You're going to have to change your lifestyle if you really want this.
I want to specify that when I use the term ‘meal' I am referring to a full meal and not a snack. I see and hear so much about 3 meals per day and snacks in between.
You won't have snacks with the WLC System. You will have full meals.
They don't have to be huge meals but they need to be balanced meals with healthy protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
The diet and nutrition section of the website teaches you how to put together perfect muscle building and fat loss meals. You will learn exactly how to plan your diet on a day-to-day basis to meet your goals.
How Many Meals Do You Need?
You will be eating about 6 meals per day not including your pre and post workout meals for weight lifting workouts. This might seem like a lot of meals for many of you that are new to this, but it's really not.
Once you get accustomed to eating 6 or so meals per day, it will become second nature.
You will eat a meal every 3 hours or so.
Now, you don't have to eat every meal at the exact 3 hour mark. It's fine to have one 2 and 1/2 hours later or 3 and a 1/2 hours later. Just try to average them out at the 3 hour mark.
This leaves you plenty of time throughout the day to get your 6 meals in.
Why do you need to eat so many meals?
Well, you want to build muscle and lose fat, correct? When you increase the frequency of your meals, you increase your metabolism.
If you've never ate 6 meals per day and one meal every 3 hours, you will notice the increase in your metabolism immediately.
This increase in metabolism will help you to burn fat at a much faster rate.
But that's only one advantage. You also feed your body more nutrients and provide a constant supply of protein — the building blocks for your body.
This doesn't mean that you make bad food choices simply because you are burning more calories. When you combine good food choices with an increased number of meals, you provide your body with the fuel it needs to build muscle and burn fat faster than ever before.
The six meals per day will help you to build more muscle by constantly providing your body with everything it needs to build muscle.
When you build more muscle, you burn more calories every day of the week.
This can only mean great things for you and your body. More muscle and less fat. That's what WLC gives you.
What is So Special About the 3 Hour Mark?
Every meal that you eat takes about 3 hours to fully digest.
The protein you eat in each of those 6 meals only lasts about 3 hours. You need the constant presence of protein in your bloodstream to give your body the chance to build muscle.
So, if you lose the presence of protein after 3 hours, the only possible option is to feed your body more protein. Eating every 3 hours will help you to build more muscle. Plain and simple.
Why not every 2 hours? Let's go even more extreme and ask why not every hour?
There's no need to continue feeding your body more often than every 3 hours. Your body is still not finished digesting the previous meal completely.
If you attempt to eat every hour or every 2 hours, you will feel much fuller and you'll eventually feel as if you are stuffing yourself.
I've been there and experimented with that. I got burnt out trying to stuff food down in the attempt to build more muscle.
Let the previous meal digest.
There is no need to eat more frequently. You'll begin to get hungry every 3 hours because the meal has been fully digested. Eat more frequently than that and you'll eventually burn yourself out. You will get sick of eating so frequently.
You're only piling food on food in your stomach if you eat more often.
Feed your body every 3 hours, and provide your body with the protein it needs to build muscle while providing your body with a metabolic boost.
So, why is it 6 meals per day?
Let's say you sleep on average 8 hours per night. That leaves 16 hours throughout the rest of the day. Let's look at an example…
Wake Up at 7 AM
Eat Meal #1 at 7 AM
Eat Meal #2 at 10 AM
Eat Meal #3 at 1 PM
Eat Meal #4 at 4 PM
Eat Meal #5 at 7 PM
Eat Meal #6 at 10 PM
Go to Bed at 11 PM
Did you notice that 6 meals per day fits perfectly in the example above? The majority of people will have no problem fitting 6 meals per day into their schedule.
You might be worried about eating so many meals per day. How will you fit all of those meals into your busy schedule? With some planning, fitting 6 meals per day into your schedule is very easy.
Now, if you are accustomed to eating a gourmet meal every meal, you can forget about that unless you are filthy rich and can afford your own cook.
You can plan your meals ahead of time and have some very tasty meals, but it's tough to sit down and have a great meal every 3 hours.
For example, I cannot sit down at work every day and eat a meal that takes 30 minutes to eat. I'm sure most of you are in the same boat. I do not have time to prepare several hot meals at work and eat those meals.
So, what do you do if you are in that situation?
Well, you have many options and choices if you are in a hurry during the day and need a quick meal. Liquid meals are quick. You can have an entire meal in less than a minute. How about whey protein, some oats ground in a coffee grinder, and some olive oil mixed together?
That will take you less than a minute to drink and you can have it prepared the night before.
No matter what your situation may be, you can eat 6 meals per day. You can plan ahead and do this. WLC is not difficult to execute.
Don't Send the Starvation Signal
By eating at an increased frequency of once every 3 hours, you let your body know that it is going to get food and get food often. Your body will have no reason to think that it's starving.
Some people go all day without food and do this each day. This isn't good.
Then, those people get very hungry and eat everything in sight. Not good.
This is why fasting is very difficult. The Eat Stop Eat method is very difficult because you'll be VERY hungry each night. You'll have to be very disciplined to eat healthy foods with Eat Stop Eat.
If you skip meals and eat at a much lower frequency, you are simply increasing the chance that your body thinks it is starving. You already know that when your body thinks it is being attacked, it will do everything in its power to hold onto your fat stores.
Eating frequently tells your body that it's okay to use fat as a source of energy. And that's exactly what you want.
You should definitely give your digestive system a break from the frequent meals, and you usually plan for that during your breaks. You can also change to less frequent eating from program cycle to program cycle.
Remember, changes are good. But eating more frequently on average will help you reach your goals much faster.