Today’s purely talk #11 is about working out fasted and eating 3 meals to help metabolism.
A reader Jessica asked us back in July, when we mentioned our digestion was improving —>
Do we workout on an empty stomach in the morning? Do we eat 3 or 6 meals? Any changes in our metabolism from eating 3 big meals?
Great questions Jessica. And we hope we did our best in answering them in the video.
To quickly recap the video:
Yes we workout fasted when we work out first thing in the morning. We’ve been doing it for awhile so our bodies are used to it (been doing this for years). When we workout later in the day, we do eat before. Just depends on our schedule.
Eating before working out will vary from person to person. No one way is really better than the other. It’s all individual based. There are studies stating that if you are truly trying to lose weight, working out fasted is best. (we will do a follow-up post on this)
Most of the time we eat 3 meals. Occasionally we do snack, especially when we are recipe testing or want dessert. But for the most part we aim for 3 meals.
Again this is a personal thing. Some people do fine on lots of little meals and others do better with less meals that are bigger in size. You will have to experiment to see what your body likes. Don’t feel stuck that you have to eat one way or the other. It is okay if everyday turns out to be a little different.
We do feel eating 3 meals a day has helped our metabolism for a variety of reasons. We feel each day we are getting stronger in all parts of our life. As we mentioned in our metabolism post, there are a lot of factors that can improve or hurt your metabolism.
There is a lot of information out there about how many meals you should eat. But from what we have read recently there is no real data that says eating 5-6 meals a day is best for metabolism. If you enjoy eating every few hours and it is working for you, then no need to change things. But what we want to get across is –> that YOU DO NOT have to eat every few hours to help metabolism.
From our personal experience we FEEL 100% better when we eat 3 big meals a day over eating smaller meals over the course of the day. Whenever we do have those days, where we just graze/snack all day long, we notice how we NEVER feel satisfied. How we just feel blah all day long. Now we realize that our bodies and metabolism do BETTER with 3 meals.
One thing we mentioned in the video is that we no longer obsess over food or eating. Our food obsession got quiet. We noticed we can go long stretches of hours before we feel we need to eat again. It allows us to get food off your minds so we can do other things, like…live our life. Greatest feeling!
So what are our final thoughts:
If eating 5-7 meals a day is working for you, you are feeling great and getting the results you want. Don’t stop. Enjoy. But if you are someone like us, who was not getting results or always feeling like blah then maybe try out eating more 3 (or 4) meals a day. See how you do. We have a feeling you will love it and see great results as much as we have! We feel eating 3 meals a day can aid in helping metabolism and fat loss compared to 5-6 meals a day. Just our opinion from the research we have read. Give it a try and let us know how you feel.
We highly recommend you do your own research and make your own conclusions. And as always do what is BEST for your body!
Basically we want people to BREAK FREE from believing you have to follow certain ideas to get x,y,z results. Instead, focus on doing your own personal experiments and learn what works for you that way. You’re the only person who knows what works for you. Just try something for a few weeks and see if it is getting you closer to your goals or not. Do not feel it is one way or nothing. There are a ton of ways to achieve your goals. As we are all unique.
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