To keep your body working at its optimal level, you need to supply it with high quality fuel on a regular basis. This is the premise behind LIVE’s nutrition plan.
There are actually two factors that affect how well your body works: metabolism and nutrition.
In simple terms, metabolism is the process of taking the food you eat and converting it into energy. If you provide your body with a reasonably continuous supply of food throughout the day, you will maintain your metabolism at a fairly even level.
This doesn’t mean that you have to eat all day long, but rather that you top up the fuel that your body needs before the previous supply is depleted. It’s a bit like putting more gas in your car before the tank is empty or adding more wood to a fire before it goes out.
The best way to give your body a steady stream of fuel is to eat five small meals a day rather than the traditional three large meals. In this way you can avoid the highs and lows in blood sugar that can occur with less frequent meals. Also, when you eat large meals, you often give your body more fuel than it can handle at the time and your body just converts it to fat and leaves your energy levels depleted between meals.
Nutrition is related to the quality of the foods that you give your body. As you probably already know, not all foods are equal. If you tried to live on a diet of sugar- or fat-based foods you wouldn’t be as healthy as you would be if you ate lots of fruit and vegetables. You need to eat a balanced diet of foods from the five food groups – fruit and vegetables, meat, cereals, dairy, and fats and sugars – throughout the day. You can also make healthy choices within the food groups by choosing things like lean meat and whole grains, and keeping saturated fats and processed foods to a minimum.
If you want to feel fit and healthy there’s no better way to start than to eat five small meals a day, together with drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.