Maximize Your Metabolism While Dieting

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As a basic rule of thumb, one pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. Simply put, if you cut out that 230-calorie whole-milk latte every day for one month, you should drop a couple pounds. But if you’re the average American, there’s a good chance you want to lose more than that in one month’s time.

While fad diets abound-from cutting out fat or carbs to short and strict cleansing fasts-many nutritionists recommend more frequent, smaller meals to maximize metabolism and keep hunger at bay.

By consuming smaller amounts of food five times daily, your blood-sugar level remains steady, and the meal won’t be pushed into fat storage. You don’t have the chance to get hungry or experience the cravings that often derail the most committed dieter.

And when you’re not hungry, it’s easier to stay in control of your eating pattern and, ultimately, lose the weight you want to shed.

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