Lets get down to basics here.
To understand weight loss you must first understand your body.
A woman's body is designed to do one thing very well- have babies!
Without even thinking about it your body prepares for inevitable pregnancy.
Weight is stored around the midsection- protecting the baby maker. Circulation focuses on that area as well- thats why women always have cold fingers and toes, haha!
The point is, your body is designed NOT to let go of fat- fat is safety, its protection, it means you will not starve and your baby will survive.
SO how do you convince your body that you ARE safe, and that you will NOT starve?
Well one theory is that you just keep feedin' it!
When you are constantly eating small healthy meals your body is constantly processing them- which means your metabolism stays raised.
Metabolism is the process by which your body breaks down food into energy.
High metabolism=your body breaks down food immediately into energy to burn right away.
Low metabolism=your body starts to save food as fat to be used as energy later.
However, this is not to say that you are aiming for the highest metabolism you can get- you simply want it keep it up and running.
So when you eat your metabolism spikes and when you work out your metabolism spikes.
The goal is to keep your metabolism running constantly throughout the day so it never dips into the low, fat storing levels.
So if you can eat 6 small meals without dipping into hunger and low metabolism, then great.
If you can do that with only 2 meals a day, then thats sweet too. Every body is different.
I started by trying 5 small meals a day and have now relaxed into my new routine of 3 meals a day.
When I'm hungry I listen to my body, listen to my cravings.