With all the different forms of nutrition, eating habits, what you should and shouldn’t put into your body when trying to lose weight it’s hard to figure out what’s accurate and what’s just trying to sell you on the newest fad. So, skipping whatever the latest trend is with consumption, let me tell you what has worked for me. One of the things I’ve read all over the place was eating consistently. Your body can’t maintain itself without food, especially glucose. I upped my daily meal count from 3-4 to 5-7. Now you might ask, “How the heck is eating more supposed to make you lose weight/ put on muscle mass?” Easy, notice I said I increased my meal count, not my calorie count. I was consuming 2200-2400 calories a day with 3-4 meals, and I still maintain that calorie count with 5-7 meals. The difference is my portions naturally got smaller during the major food times (breakfast, lunch, dinner). It also matters what you eat naturally. Just because you’re eating consistently throughout the day, if those meals are snickers, Reese’s, fried chicken, or a greasy hamburger, then you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for. Snacking on nutritional food such as apples before lunch will curb your appetite where you don’t gorge yourself. Eating peanuts or peanut butter with celery or carrots is a great snack before dinner for similar reasons. Now not eating those “comfort” foods, like my favorite: chicken fried steak isn’t something I’m willing to give up completely. I want to live a healthy life, not a boring one. So, having a meal a few times a week that is something you really want is something I’d recommend doing. It will make the monotony of eating “healthy” bearable and rewarding.