You are what you eat

August 11, 2008 11:52am CST
I have always enjoyed food, and also been very slim. Now I have reached my late twenties my metabolism has slowed, but my appetite seems bigger. I suspect I often eat when I am thirsty or bored. Everybody says I look better for putting on some weight. I now need to stabilise my weight and don't really know how to do this. I am trying to make sure I have three square meals a day, and need to monitor my snacking. The best thing for me would be three meals and two snacks. Has anybody had any experience of this? Do you hae any advice?
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
5 Sep 08
How fortunate! I have to watch my diet to keep my figure. I never have the luxury to indulge and yet stay slim. 4-5 small meals a day is better than 3 big meals a day. I have gastric problem and I am not supposed to take big meals. If I do, I suffer from horrible belching problem. I realize that taking 4-5 small meals a day helps to keep the metabolism high. Hope it helps.
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@kun2349 (23473)
• Singapore
5 Sep 08
Yeah, same here ^_^ when i was younger, i have very high metabolism rate and i can eat like there's no tomorrow and i will not put on weight.. hehe ^_^ As i grow older, my metabolism rate has slowed down by alot and i was slowly putitng on weight and i din noticed it till my frenz told me.. It was then i know i must change and cut down on my eating habits.. hehe =D Right now, i have slim down alot and been exercising alot more, together with my revised eating habits, i'm much more healthier now.. So it's true for most ple that, we are what we eat ^_^ hehe
12 Sep 08
Thanks for your response, I am pleased to hear of your success in slimming down. I have slowly introduced healthier habits. I am too short to be able to afford to put on muh weight...lol
• United States
13 Aug 08
Slow your experience down. It usually takes the brain up to 15 minutes to realize that it needs to digest something. The slower you eat, the more chances the food will digest quicker and you will become full sooner. I have actually started doing this and I have added about 20 grams of fiber to my diet every day. Most individuals do not take in enough fiber on a daily basis so that, in turn, causes blockages and constipation. If your not already, start adding fiber in your diet with fiber enriched foods like oatmeal, raisins, plums and beans. If you can't handle all of these foods start taking Benefiber. You will see a difference right away.
21 Aug 08
I already eat a lot of fibre as I love oatmeal, flapjacks, beans, vegetables and raisins. I must try to eat slower I do tend to scoff my food sometimes (ESPECIALLY WHEN HUNGRY!).
@brimia (6584)
• United States
13 Aug 08
It's good for the metabolism to eat 5 little meals throughout the day. Drinking lots of water helps hunger and flushing out water weight. It's important to eat whole foods...fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and occasional nuts and seeds. Exercise of course is important, both aerobic and weights, everyday too for metabolism and the fact that muscle burns more calories than fat, even at rest.
21 Aug 08
I never thought about muscle, and have never done weights. That is something I shall now incorporate into my routine!
@izathewzia (5141)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
I heard this before. But I am into diet now. I eat by portions already. And I gave up too much chocolates on my menu. I am a chocoholic.
12 Aug 08
I also eat far less chocolate, probably only two or three times a month.
• United States
11 Aug 08
I am finding that my metabolism is slowing as well. As a teen I could eat anything I wanted, anytime I wanted... and never gain a pound. But now I am finding that it gets to me a lot quicker. The only thing that I can recommend, which I do, is workout on a regular basis. It doesn't have to be going to the gym everyday or anything. But go for a brisk walk, play frisbee, volleyball, or anything like that. It has helped me a lot!
12 Aug 08
Yes I am doing a lot of walking now, unfortunately I can only do low impact exercises but I have become a lot more active. Also as I keep busy it minimises the snacking!