Two Good Rules to Follow
- You should not get the entire day’s calories—all your carbs, protein and fat—in one meal. They should be spread across 5-6 small, well-balanced meals. By eating smaller meals more often, your metabolism will get the hint and speed up, and you’ll also have more energy throughout the day.
- Remind yourself that it’s quicker to make toast and drop a piece of fruit in your purse than it is to wait in the fast food queue. You can also prep food the night before, make one lunch and split it (eat half at 11 and half at 2), or add some fruit to a nutritious meal replacement shake for a great breakfast or pre-workout fuel.
“Too broke to eat breakfast” is no longer a valid excuse. The grocery store abounds with bargains: look for discounted items, store brands and fruit that’s in season, suggests Ballantyne. “Use portion control when eating dinners at home,” he adds. “You can get 3-4 meals out of it that way.”
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