Welcome back! Remember last week I challenged you all to make a GOAL for yourself, this week is when we being to step towards that goal. First thing this week that you should focus on is simply going to be food and PORTION CONTROL. Now over the course of the Dapper Fit column there will be multiple posts on how to eat and going into a lot of details, but to get started I just want to cover the basics. How you are eating will be the most important factor of a healthy lifestyle and also getting to your goal that you chose last week. So out of everything I talk about, how you are eating should be the main focus always!

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The very first thing I want to go over is that every person, no matter what the goal, should be eating anywhere from 5 to 6 times a day, this does not mean full meals; I want you to pay attention to your portion size. Eat enough so that you feel content, giving you enough time so that in 2.5-3.5 hours later you can eat again. Not everyone can jump right into 6 meals in one day which is why you take this step by step; so start with eating 5 times a day: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and eventually move your way up to 6 times, adding in one more snack. For people trying to lose weight; no, this will not affect the process of losing weight, in fact it helps. Eating less of a portion more frequently will actually help boost your metabolism, thus helping your body burn more calories and fat throughout the day! What happens when people eat only two to three meals a day is by the time they eat their meal they are extremely hungry and end up eating too much! Your body cannot digest all that food in one sitting so it gets stored, turning into fat. When you eat more frequently your body can utilize all the food being put into it! Plus, you won’t have that bloated, full feeling either and will feel contently fed throughout the day! So the goal for all of you to start is to increase frequency of meals to 5 or 6 a day, not overdoing each meal, keep in mind PORTION CONTROL! Let’s boost your metabolism!!

Email Tyler with your questions and challenges and he will answer them in future on Dapper Fit. Each of you should consult your physician before beginning any exercise or lifestyle change.