What is Structured Eating?
What is Structured Eating?
Structured eating is a fairly board term, but to simplify it as much as possible, the purpose is to provide structure to your food plan. A structured eating plan will lay out very clearly, what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat.
Some plans will be more strict than others, but the goal is to eliminate the guess work. The purpose of structured eating plans is to develop healthy eating habits and to restore appetite and maintaining a functional metabolism.
Metabolism is the organic and chemical processes inside your body that is necessary to maintain life. The chemical processes that let you stay alive.
By following poor diet habits many people experience weight gain and other side effects including loss of appetite and a slow metabolism, which also contribute to weight gain.
When should I eat my first meal?
Your first meal of the day is the meal that breaks the fast you experience when sleeping. This meal is important to kick start your metabolism. The first meal should be eaten with 30 minutes to an hour after waking.
How often should I eat?
You should eat every 3 to 4 hours to keep your blood sugar stable.
What should I eat?
Your structured eating meal plan should be a balance of macro and micro nutrients, which is your protein, fats and carbohydrates. When these nutrients are out of balance several things can happen. Your blood sugar levels could plummet or rise. Your cravings for sugary or fatty foods could increase. You may feel sluggish, tired and experience brain fog.
Balancing your nutrients can be tricky and is often best left to a professional to help provide guidance. The timing of your food is important and is based on your individual health goals, lifestyle habits and activity level.
How much should I eat?
Several factors determine how much you should eat. These factors include your current body composition. This is the percentage of your body that is fat versus lean mass. Lean mass is your skeletal structure, organs and muscle.
Also its important to have a structured eating plan that is based on your personal health and fitness goals. The plan can be tweaked as your body adjusts and changes.
How do I know what will work for me and my body type?
This is a good question and one that takes time to analyze. Having a customized plan built for you and only you is the best way to eliminate the guess work. There are thousands of meal plans online but a customized plan designed by specialists that provide support and guidance is best way to ensure success.
Another type of meal planning is time restricted eating. To learn more about time restricted meal plans. Each of these plans provide health benefits.