Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Nathan Ferreira

Founder & Owner of: Apex Fitness Co.

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Healthy Living Writer

I currently work at a nutrition store in Massachusetts and its amazing to see how ill-informed people are regarding nutrition. I have been here for 3 years and the number one question I get is “How do I lose weight? Especially in the stomach area.”

Every single one of those customers want a fat burner, or a thermogenic. People tend to believe the hype of new products and have faith in the bogus claims that these nutrition companies make regarding their products. I always tell people that it is not what they think it is, and that these products are not necessary. I tend to steer customers away from fat burners since i myself have had bad experiences with them. Anything that brings up your heart rate like some of these products do is unnecessary and dangerous depending on the person. In my personal opinion, the key to weight loss is eating more. I realize how contradicting that statement sounds but the idea is to eat more frequently rather than eating more during your typical 3 meals a day.

For example, I currently am on a diet plan that I personally created that requires me to eat 6 times a day. Every 2-3 hours a day that I am awake, I eat. The key component in these meals is the amount of protein that I consume. I typically try to take in 200-225 grams of protein a day, 30-45 grams of protein per meal. I try to keep carbohydrates lower than usual, but i never do away with carbohydrates at any point. I like to keep a 2:1 ratio of protein to carb intake per meal. Protein is the most important macronutrient in weight loss due to its “thermic effect of food”, which refers to the energy we use to digest food into small, absorbable portions. Protein has a higher thermic effect on foods than fats and carbs. These means that you burn more calories digesting protein than you do any other macronutrient. Another bonus to increasing your protein intake is that it slows down your digestive system. This means that you feel full for a longer period of time, this eliminates the need to snack on unhealthy foods or drink. The typical plan that people should follow is to take in your bodyweight, or your goal bodyweight in protein. Females should consume 20-30 grams of protein per meal 6 times a day. While a male should take in 30-40 grams of protein 6 times a day.

Before I end this point I am going to add one more crucial element to the conundrum that we call “weight-loss”. People do not understand how important it is to stay hydrated. I once drank a gallon of water a day for roughly a month and lost 13 lbs with minimal tweaking to my once hideous diet. Water is the most pure diuretic that we can put on our bodies. Think of it this way, when you are dehydrated, your liver will come to help your kidneys filter out your blood and help produce urine. However, one of the livers main jobs is to break down fat and use said fat for energy. Yet when the liver has to focus its time on filtering out your blood since you are dehydrated, the liver cannot focus on breaking down fat. This makes your liver less efficient in getting rid of fat. With that being said, I challenge you to a 30 day challenge of drinking 3/4ths to a gallon of water a day for 30 days. Whether you are a male or female, I challenge you to do just that. I guarantee you will feel amazing and more energized than ever before. I want readers to post comments regarding their journey in this challenge.

To help reach your protein intake goal, try using a meal replacement to replace a meal or two each day. Below I will provide a link to Optimum nutritions gold standard whey protein that is a must use due to the high quality, fast digesting isolate protein within each scoop.

Article Credits: Nathan Ferreira

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Body Building, Beauty, Food Bloggers & More)
  1. Mirifique Beauty 4 years ago

    This makes so much sense. I worked as a Chef doing 12 hour days plus and i never could lose a single pound in weight. When i went to my doctor he used to tell me i was overweight. I told him that i hardly ever ate, ironically, because i was a chef. He told me to eat 5-6 small meals per day and i would lose more weight. I did try that and i did lose a little weight.
    I think the problem is, we are all brought up eating 3 squares a day and it’s very hard to pyschologically to break that habit.
    I now eat regularly and more healthily and run 3-4 times a week. It has kept my weight down. I do have to exercise though. I will try the water out but not sure i could drink that much in one day. Great post thankyou x

    • Author
      ferreirafitness2 4 years ago

      No problem, thanks for the comment. You don’t have to drink an entire gallon, 3/4ths would be just as useful as well. If you try it let me know how it works out

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  3. Mirifique Beauty 4 years ago

    I hope you don’t mind if i re-blogged your post.

  4. Samantha James 4 years ago

    Hell yeah it is! <3333

  5. Mike 4 years ago

    Agreed with these concepts which I’ve used personally. Gotta keep fuelling the engine and giving it the right nutrients!

  6. Fatboy 4 years ago

    Hi, great article, challenge accepted.

  7. Fatboy 4 years ago

    Reblogged this on Fat Boy's Journey and commented:
    Came across this article, going to to give it a go! Amongst everything else!

  8. The Smiling Pilgrim 4 years ago

    I am so hungry now lol I have been looking at food pictures for like 10 minutes straight!

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  10. Jenn 4 years ago

    Great article. Thanks!

  11. YAYOCKSON 4 years ago

    Wonderful article here

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  13. Jerod Killick 4 years ago

    …sure, if you exercise that much more as well….

    • Author
      Apex Fitness 4 years ago

      Actually that’s not always the case. Eating more frequently boosts your metabolism, and Of course the meals must be considered healthy. If you’re eating mcdonalds and fatty foods then no matter what you do you will never reach your goals.

      • The Millionaire's Digest 4 years ago

        Hey Nathan, haven’t seen you in while! I’ve just got a few questions for you. First, I need to know what your website address is, so when people click on your link in your name, it takes them to the right website. Second, I noticed that you listed a product that you were selling or perhaps recommended in one of your articles, which is totally fine with me to other bloggers. If you’re actually selling a product, please leave the link you want people to use to get to that product below so I can create and put an ad up on our website so that when people who are similar like you visit our healthy living pages and posts, it displays your not only website, but also things on the side that I could help you sell. Thanks Old Sport.

      • TonyStephanDietitian 4 years ago

        Post research validating the claim of increased thermogenesis from more frequent feedings.

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  15. mackmarie 4 years ago

    This is so true, and people have such a misconception about it. Thanks for sharing!

  16. r44ardhint 4 years ago

    Good post

  17. Cindy Jones 4 years ago

    This is great information. Drinking more water is a good idea to help lose weight. I am going to try it!

  18. konsi 4 years ago

    eating more and losing weight is definitely my style of losing weight. i love this post

  19. Corlia 4 years ago

    Thanks. Very informative.

  20. Bhavya Pal 4 years ago

    Please do a post on how to gain healthy weight. Thanks 🙂

  21. conflictedhealth 4 years ago

    Interesting. I never thought to increase protein that much. Good post.

  22. Lisa Ahli Nutrisi 4 years ago

    Very Interesting, the title is contradicting but it’s solution

  23. Dany Slone 4 years ago

    thank you for the post, I like the concept!

  24. chubbybunnyweightloss 4 years ago

    Good news for those of us who love to eat! Makes more sense snacking small instead of three large meals. I’m going to try this.

  25. John Renard 4 years ago

    I actually read this report and it is very informative

  26. Laura 4 years ago

    Good post and very informative. Will definitely check in again.

  27. Alvin 4 years ago

    Great article, the gallon of water helped me loss 20 lbs in 3 months. It is extremely benifits any weight loss attempts, thank you for your post.

  28. Leago 4 years ago

    I actually read this report and it is very informative.

  29. tanyaG 4 years ago

    Intake of water has been my weakness. I am going to increase my water intake for 30 days and report back.

    • Author
      Apex Fitness 4 years ago

      Lack of water is more common than you think. Let me know how you make out I’m excited to read your results

  30. Goodman 4 years ago

    recommended nutrition is an answer

  31. travelfoodandme2016 4 years ago

    Wowo….. ! I do …eat more ! more..more ..

  32. J.Rockwell 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your post!

  33. Jessica 4 years ago

    I couldn’t agree more that a well balanced nutrient is the way to lose weight! Great article thank you. Looking forward to following up with your posts.

  34. kalpana143 4 years ago

    its gud to have weight loss. but its not good to cut our diet.
    for aiming weight loss people consider making less food to have. but it not the right way. to reduce weight we can have the diet like oats for break fast we can have it with milk or else with dosa means we can mix it up with other batter and can have like break fast.we can have it like upma also with less oil and huge vegetables. later we can have prunes the dry fruits are very rich in providing antioxidents and protiens vitamins. prunes it makes ur fat down and keeps you health iits a snack item u can add in cakes aor else fruitsalads and you can have it directly with out adding any thing. it tastes better sweet and soar. its really cures constipation indigestion problem. later for cutting of weight you can have anjeer dried with soaking honey for 3 hours before having lunch. and can have flaxseed with buttermilk once in daily life in your diet. it gives d vitamin which helps our body to mainatain healthy life. then you can have lunch with pulkas and raitha with cucumber later you can have juice which reduces fat in your body after 2-3 hours in evening sessions. like oranges, promongrenates, and apple and pineapples. it helps to cut your fat down and makes u feel comfortable which helps to get rid of nemonia problems. makes u healthy and weight loss. and at night you can have rice / pulkas light diet. and can have a butter milk or juice.to sell the truth its better to have fruits directly rather then taking a glass of juice. so my friend s fallow this and you can get rid of weight in a better way. we can go with garcenia cambogia dried fruit in pachari shops. it helps a lot for people those who wants to get rid of weight and fat in the body. just take 3 fruits and pour a glass of water and soak it the whole night and drink the water in the morning with empty stomch. we are getting capsules in the market but its no good. it effects a lot. so try these tips and have a healthy weight loss. all the best.

  35. evenmoreyou 4 years ago

    Very informative, for the longest time I always thought I had to limit myself (making one of the worst mistakes-skipping breakfast). Now like you, I eat 4-6 times a day with protein filled snacks and Herbalife shakes. I also agree with you about the importance of water- hydration is soooo important. Thank you for your post!!

    Carlee – evenmoreyou.wordpress.com

  36. T-Man 4 years ago

    Very interesting article. Thanks.

  37. April 4 years ago

    It seems like when the body gets what it needs (protein, hydration, etc) it lets go of what it doesn’t need (extra fat)…

  38. sittingpolishpretty 4 years ago

    I’m doing it! I used to drink so much water, not so much anymore. It’s mostly coffee for breakfast and then chocolate milk the rest of the time! Haha. Thank you for this challenge – I’m totally up for it. Starting today.

  39. Debbie 4 years ago

    I actually found your article very informative, I will be checking back

  40. cprworksfl 4 years ago

    Nice article. I eat every 3 hours! A word about dehydration….I work in the medical field and when I ask people if they drink water, their comment is always, “yea, I drank a bottle of water this morning. While drinking a bottle of water is better than nothing….it takes more than 1 bottle of water to re-hydrate from sleeping.

  41. tshediso 4 years ago

    wow….you are very informative and i didn´t know all this but now i know, i also have some very simple way to kick start your weight loss battle visit my website and please give me so corrections when need

  42. reinventionsreena 4 years ago

    Is WP bungling somewhere? The stats show 2 views, 333 likes and 55 comments.

  43. TonyStephanDietitian 4 years ago

    Curious as to why you state you must consume your meals more frequently than three per day? There is no metabolic advantage to more frequent meals that can be delineated in the research. There is no research stating that it is essential to consume protein (or any macronutrient for that point) in specific time intervals increases its absorption.

  44. avofoodies 4 years ago

    I loved how you showed that weight loss is not simply burning more calories than the calories you eat. I feel like society tells you that weight loss comes either from dietary supplements, or eating very little and exercising too much. Coming off from a recovery phase after losing 20 lbs in three months, I’ve learned the hard way that it’s really sustainable and gradual practices that stick and work. Thanks for sharing an important reminder! Xo, Stephanie

  45. tracktowin 4 years ago

    I did not know how big an effect water could have, adding that to the my tracked metrics. I have been experiencing the benefits of a hogh protein diet. I am not feeling hungry all the time even with a significant calorie deficit

  46. fat2thyn 3 years ago

    Love this!!!

  47. 180mindset 3 years ago

    Neat concept, definitely think diet is often over looked. Feel free to check out my up and coming blog. https://180mindset.blog/

  48. Charlotte 3 years ago

    I up my calories by 600 and started to see healthy weight loss.

  49. Thoughts and Views 3 years ago

    My weight is like s rollercoaster. It goes up and down. I eat normal. Great post.

  50. nivienbeauty 3 years ago

    Great post! I find that a lot of people think the best way to lose weight is to eat less, but it is actually to eat less junk and eat more healthy foods!

  51. disletti 3 years ago

    Wow! I know water is important but you just raised it to a new level for me. I drink approximately 60oz of water daily. I’ll have to ramp it up. I’m trying your challenge. I’ve definitely already cut down on carbs and eat more protein. Any protein ideas besides chicken? I also have a 20 grams of vanilla muscle milk drink. Is putting fruit inside good or bad? What’s the best snacks. I usually have a banana or an apple. Any other suggestions? Thanks for letting me see a different side to health and fitness.

  52. koriekahn 3 years ago

    This is so interesting!! I also blog about similar topics if you would like to check out my blog.

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    Reblogged this on WilliWash.

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  55. harmonizedu 3 years ago

    Amazing post! And I am proud to see more blogger write about the real deal.
    I own a wellness center with multiple locations and online weight loss program. I compare my clients data and scans and analyze them on weekly basis. Doing so gave me great insight on what is the right way and what works in the long term.
    Amazing how science can never catch the experience.
    Again thanks a lot for you true post and I wish you the best on your blogging ??

  56. TheBodybuildingBlog 3 years ago

    Great read, Nathan! It’s nice to see somebody else following almost exactly the same “macro logic”! I also try and stay around 220-250g of protein even though I weigh in at 185 and I keep my carbs a bit lower than my maintenance to ensure proper body fat reduction through “fat-burning foods” – protein sources are known to cost about 30% of the calories they provide in order to consume them. As far as fat burners come, it’s legitimately the only product format from the industry that I cannot stress as to how much I hate! Most of them are scams and definitely as you mention completely unhealthy for your cardiovascular health – but because they offer an easy alternative and a simple way of losing body fat people eat that crap up, smh.

  57. nivienbeauty 3 years ago

    Great post! It is better to eat more smaller meals rather than 2-3 all you can eat buffets. Your body never gets hungry and you wont eat many snacks.

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