It’s important to listen to your body and react. However, sometimes you may be so busy and distracted you fail to heed its signals.
You can gain weight by not getting the calories when you need them. In addition, you can gain weight when you’re not getting enough food.
Your body is an amazing machine. It is always trying to preserve itself. So, when you aren’t getting enough calories, your body will think that there isn’t more food coming and it will store the calories consumed as fat to be used in the future. Your body will slow down its functions, making your feel foggy or tired, in order to conserve calories.
In addition, if you’re not getting calories when you really need them, it will make it harder to shed excess weight, and it will be hard to find consistent energy. Therefore, I don’t recommend skipping breakfast or lunch. You need those calories delivered consistently throughout the day to keep your body functioning, and efficiently burning those calories so they don’t turn to fat. If you’re working out consistently, then you need calories throughout the day to repair the muscles that you broke down when you were working out.
I recommend eating 3 larger meals and 2-3 snacks every 3 hours. I would also recommend not eating 2 – 3 hours before going to bed.
Now these are simple rules, but if you have specific fitness goals you need to eat for a purpose. If you’re trying to lean out, you will eat differently than if you you’re preparing for a triathlon or trying to get stronger and add muscle. If you’re after GPP, you will eat differently than if you’re a competitive athlete who is after power, strength, or endurance. You need to have a coach/dietician who can help you eat with a purpose focused on your goals. If you need help, DM me.