to take an average of the seven day period and start anew. Add up all the calories eaten in a seven day period and divide by 7. This gives you a sum average sneak peak at the calories an individual typically eats each day. More important, it eliminates higher calorie and lower calorie days which the Calorie Perception Theorists hold is making you fat. So, in the 7 day example previous, that individual ate 14,798 calories in seven days. Dividing this number by 7 equals 2114 (14,798-7 = 2114) calories each day. Eating the same amount of calories each day and the same number of meals with 5 to 6 being optimal to control insulin, conflicting signals regarding calorie perception are no longer an issue. When this individual commits to eating 2114 calories daily with 5 to 6 meals each day, the body will become more "regular" and less likely to store fat. Furthermore, the individual who adopts an eating plan that stresses the same amount of total calories each day will benefit by gaining more energy, both physical and mental.
Sporadic eating patterns is a reason many who reduce calories never seem to shed body fat. If an individual who is eating a completely different and widely varying caloric intake each day cuts calories by eating 1600 a day, the body may not recognize the deficit. Why? The body has grown accustomed to relative deficits where calories come down, only to go back up. Down, Up, Up, Down. In the previous example, the individual created a deficit from the mean (2114 calories) on 4 days of the week; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and was in a caloric surplus on 3 days of the week; Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Every time a caloric deficit was seemingly created, it was broken with an increase in calories. This leads to confusion and if the metabolism could speak, a likely reaction would be "When calories are reduced do not give up fat as fuel because the deficit is temporary; it'll soon end." What about fat storing? Humans are designed to store fat. When a small excess comes in after a deficit where the body refused to liberate fat as fuel, rest assure, those calories will be quickly whisked off to fat deposits!
Getting the body to recognize deficits requires a "base" diet be employed. A "base diet" is the average sum total or in this case, 2114 calories a day. A base diet provides the body with consistency so, down the road if calories decline, the body will recognize a deficit and give up fat as fuel. Without a base diet, the body's continually confused and, as it is designed to store fat, it will do just that!
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