>For a couple of years people have asked me what has helped me stay fit and lose the weight that I had to lose. Well at first I did NOT have this figured out. I was under the spell of the less calories I ate the more I worked out the more weight I would lose right? Right?? Well when I was on this crazy eating and working out regimen I could not figure out why I was so crazy tired and then over time I was putting some of the weight back ON! yeah that’s right, with starving my body too much and trying to make it burn more calories I GAINED weight. Why? Because my body could tell it was under attack, I was starving it, so how did it protect itself? It stored fat! That’s how the weight gain took place! When you are doing too much in the calorie restricting department then on top of that you are working out trying to make your body burn more than it has to give it does really try to protect itself so it can sustain life and some kind of energy. I mean think about it when you are starving it it is under attack, you are not feeding it enough and asking a lot out of it by working it hard for an hour or so of course it will want to protect itself! For a long time it didn’t make sense, well if you eat a lot of calories you’ll gain weight right? What had to be hammered in my head as food is fuel not your enemy! Calories mean more than weight gain.  Yes if you eat  a lot of the wrong calories or eat late at night you can gain weight from that behavior but if you are feeding your body calories it needs to get through the day or help you get through that workout then it will make it easier for you to see that you eat for energy and to keep that fire in your body going otherwise known as your metabolism. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=ericsblo-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0976918544&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrAnother disturbing trend I have noticed is the fascination with being too thin and what lengths people will go to to get that way. You have heard of all these Hollywood diets (Master Cleanse, Macrobiotic diet, Baby food diet, etc) Many of these are CRAZY crash diets that are used because of pressure to be thin, to get ready for a movie role or any other reason they are STARVING themselves with these diets! I have read reviews from doctors on these various diets and they have all agreed that these may work temporarily but once you introduce regular food the weight will be gained back and another reason why the weight will come back on you can’t starve and workout at the same time! I am always amazed at how fast some of the actresses or other people that have tried these diets shrink down to nothing but they lose the weight so fast. I think that’s what people get caught up in “Lose weight now!” This can be dangerous and you really don’t get the chance to learn how to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. This is the key to keeping your metabolism on fire and to continue to see the results from your fitness efforts. The best way to think of this is thinking of your body as a fireplace and how to feed the fire. When you see the fire going but it’s starting to fade you feed it more wood right? Well the same thing goes with your body. When you are working on eating better or eating more often think of your body as that fireplace and when it starts to fade a couple of hours after eating it’s time to feed it again! That way you have sustained energy, you are constantly burning calories throughout the day and this in turn will have you seeing results from working out or just eating better. Also when you are eating enough calories at the right time you never feel hungry! Some people don’t actually get hunger pangs but they can feel their blood sugar drop causing them to feel tired or cranky and this is a big clue from your body to feed it again so it can keep going and meet the demands of the day. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=ericsblo-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0470080590&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

In short: EAT! Food is fuel not your foe. The key is what to eat, when to eat, how much and how often. The rule of thumb I have learned is eat every 2.5 to 3 hours everyday to avoid the slump and to keep up that sustained energy throughout the day. This is very true if you are doing a rigorous fitness routine, you are really going to need that energy to get you through the day and through that workout! A good meal is a great way to recover also. This helps you replace the vitamins and nutrients you may have lost during your workout and this helps in aiding with sore muscles and the after workout fatigue you may experience. Remember: One meal at a time, one day at a time, one workout at a time. You CAN  do it! 🙂