You may find yourself going hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) when forced to go for more than a few hours without a meal. This occurs because your body becomes accustomed to the constant sources of energy and becomes bad at mobilizing stored fat for fuel.
This can be uncomfortable if you find yourself on a long hike without a source of calories, or seriously embarrassing when you end up in an unexpectedly long meeting at work and all of a sudden, you break out in a dizzy, cold sweat from low blood sugar.
Which brings up another negative: maladaptive blood sugar and insulin response. Since our ancestors probably experienced frequent periods of feast and famine, insulin was secreted only infrequently. It is theorized that constant feeding (and the inherent constant insulin release it causes), may cause our bodies to become resistant to insulin over the long haul.
I am by no means advocating that anyone switch to only eating one or two meals a day. Certainly, for some people, multiple small meals work well.
However, if that really doesn’t work for you, and you’re maintaining a good body weight by eating one, two or three meals per day then don’t let anyone persuade you otherwise. Find what works for you.
Yeah, here comes another holiday diet advice article! You know it was coming. No self respecting fitness guru can resist, so here’s my take….
While it would be great if we all had a ton of willpower during the holidays and could stick to our super clean diet plans all the way through January 1st, most of us won’t. However, that doesn’t mean we need to look back on the holidays with an extra 10 lbs around our waists and thighs.
So what’s the solution? Very easy! Just do what our hunter/gatherer ancestors used to do: Feast then fast. I know that classically, most fitness buffs and nutritionists have railed against this strategy, but it’s actually the way our bodies are meant to function. I know quite a few reasonably fit people that eat this way all year around.