Conde Nast studioBy: K. Aleisha Fetters
In the beginning, eating was simple-consume three square meals a day and you're done (thanks, Mom!). But then diets got more complicated. Instead of having proper meals, we now fit food in whenever we have time-and usually end up so famished by 3 P.M. that we're stalking the office vending machine like zombies. You don't need us to tell you that this is no way to stay healthy, but when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, what is the proper eating regimen?
Snackers, rejoice! The pure act of eating and digesting increases your resting metabolic rate-the number of calories your body burns just to support basic functions like thinking, breathing, and talking, says Joan Salge Blake R.D., L.D.N., clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University and the author of Nutrition and You: Core Concepts for Good Health. (Check out our other tips to increase your metabolism.) No wonder one classic study published in the New England