Why the 6 Meals a Day Diet is Dead

by Tommi on May 25, 2011

If you believe you have to eat six meals a day to be healthy, lose weight and protect your muscle mass, you need to read this article. You might be wasting your time and efforts on something that really doesn’t matter.

If you follow the six meals a day diet plan, you know it takes a lot of effort and preparation; that time might be better spent on doing something else.

I bet you’ve heard six meals a day is a must for fat loss. This has been the absolute truth as told by magazines and nutritionists for the last 20 years.

The reasons we’ve all heard so far for eating every few hours is it will give us stable blood sugar and better focus, keep our metabolism high, preserve muscle.

Those are good things to have, who wouldn’t want to be more focused with a nice high metabolism to keep us lean.

The only question is what if it isn’t true?

But Won’t I Feel Tired If I Don’t Eat Six Times A Day?

This is one of those things we have all been told, without constant food supply our blood sugar will crash.  Low blood sugar can make you like irritable, moody, light-headed and shaky.

It’s unlikely that you have low blood sugar problems. As little as 5-10% of the population actually have a malfunction in their ability to regulate their blood sugar levels.

What does exist is habit, your stomach is used to eating at certain time intervals. That doesn’t mean your blood sugar is low.

Your body is made with lots of checks to keep it safe, one of these is the regulation of blood sugar. If you suddenly stopped eating it would take up to 72 hours for your blood sugar to drop enough to give you a fuzzy brain. To top it off, that fuzzy brain feeling only lasts one day. Your body switches over to processing proteins and fats after 3-4 days of not eating, they turn into something called ketones.

Try it out, go for one day without eating and see for yourself.

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Exercising to Failure - Fire!A great deal has been written about training to failure. However, it doesn’t deserve the near mythical status some people have given to it.

When you read articles on weightlifting methods they all seem to  “one-up” each other in training to failure.

Drop sets, pyramid sets, pre-exhaustion sets all these are ways to “really” train to ultimate failure.

Going to failure on each and every set has become a religious dogma.

Some bodybuilders believe that progress is impossible without using this principle.

Understanding what failure training is and when and why to use it can save you from wasted efforts and needless suffering.

What Is Training To Failure?

Failure in this case refers to lifting a weight until you just cant do another rep. Despite all your best efforts you “fail” to get even one more repetition in good form.

Failure doesn’t mean “ooh this feels hard, going to stop now”.  Failure means the last repetition of your last set should make you shit out a kidney, sputter, spit and shake. OK, maybe the bit about having an internal organ fall out is an exaggeration, but an all out effort is what counts.

Natural Strength And Muscle Building

Going to failure hardly exists in any normal human activity. When did you last see a construction worker lift bricks or lumber until he couldn’t do it anymore?

A short distance runner usually has enormous legs and overall muscularity, and they never sprint until they can`t take another step. Going to failure rarely happens outside the gym.

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Sweet Artificial Sweeteners - Are They Dangerous?When you adopt a low carbohydrate diet or set out to reduce your sugar intake, you’ll come up against this question at some point.

Are artificial sweeteners safe or dangerous? Can they cause health problems in the future?

The information on the web and in media is very conflicting.

Marketers of diet soda claim artificial sweeteners are amazing, almost health promoting. Natural health advocates say they are pure poison.

Who’s right, and who’s wrong?

The Dangers Of Using Artificial Sweeteners

Americans consume an average of 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s not very healthy. Cutting out the sugar with the help of sweeteners does cut calories, but is it worth it?

Calorie reduction is the only health benefit you can hope for. These are chemicals, just like any pharmaceutical drugs, they bear possible dangers and side effects.

Saccharine: The Beginning Of Artificial Sweeteners

Saccharine (Sweet ‘n Low) is the first one on the market and has been widely used since the 1960s. Saccharine is an organic molecule made from oil (petroleum).

It was used without concern until the 1970s when animal studies showed that it caused cancer of the bladder, skin, uterus and ovaries, and other organs.

Why is it still on the market? The experiments that showed increases in cancer rates were done with high dosages. If you happen to be a 75kg rat you would have to drink 350 cans of diet soda a day. Turn out rats are much more sensitive than you and I.

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Is Spot Reduction Of Fat A Myth?

February 8, 2011

Getting rid of fat from your love handles, belly and butt is something you’d love to do. I might be wrong, but I’m pretty sure I’m not. Those are the hardest areas to burn off fat. Love handles and belly fat is the scourge of most dieters. No matter how hard you diet and exercise […]

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Weight Machines vs. Free Weights – Do You Know Which Is Best For You?

December 29, 2010

This is one of those never ending debates in the gym. One guy says, machines will completely mess up your joints, make you unstable and completely useless when it comes to using your power. When someone else, like me, will tell you focus on the big compound movements with free weights. Would you like to […]

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Is It Possible to Gain Muscle While Losing Fat?

December 22, 2010

If you have a few extra pounds of body fat I am sure you’ve been told to diet first and then gain muscle.  Would you like to know how to transform that fat straight into rock-solid muscle mass? The accepted truth seems to say that it is impossible. Lower calories means you can’t build muscle, […]

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