A group of weight loss experts found that the main reason we put on weight is that we eat three square meals per day, which is too much for a normal, healthy body. Instead the authors of the The Economists’ Diet recommend consuming one square meal per day and two lighter meals if you want to shed those extra pounds without effort.
- Experts noted that the square meal should not be seen as an indulgence. It should have a moderate portion size and be a healthy food choice.
- Rob Barnett and Christopher Payne, the experts behind the idea, explained that we should budget our food intake just like we do with finances.
The authors explained that a healthy square meal does not include pizza, a Sunday roast, or a bowl of bad carbohydrates. Payne and Barnett claim that their method enabled them to lose weight after being diagnosed with obesity.
Both of us were obese because we were entirely unaware that eating three square meals a day was far too much food,
the experts wrote in their book.
Budgeting Your Meals Is the Key
Payne underlined that losing 30% of your weight means that you should trim portion sizes by 30% for the rest of your life to keep that extra weight at bay. This is part of the budgeting thing the two experts recommend. Payne and Barnett are also fans of cheat days as long as you include the extra calories in your budget.
Payne acknowledged that diets who bar people from indulging in their favorite foods are doomed to fail. Those diets keep dieters miserable by ignoring the fact that a human being is going to overeat plenty of times in a year. So, if you plan to overindulge at one meal you should eat less during the other two meals.
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