When we are younger we tend to be more active and can get away with more leniency as far as your diet goes. This means the exercise needs to be ramped up even more in order to fight "father time."
We all live busy lives that do not always allow us to eat when and what we should. Our busy lives tend to make us skip meals throughout the day. Some may think this is a great way to lose weight because if we skip a meal then we are eating less calories. That makes sense as long as you do not binge eat during your next meal.
Now you obviously don't want to eat a meal that is high in calories or carbohydrates late at night but a 300-500 calorie snack consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats is a great way to prevent our bodies from going into starvation mode and slowing down our metabolism. And always try and plan ahead.
I always recommend eating breakfast in the morning, especially if you're going to have an intense workout that day. I am like a bear coming out of hibernation every morning searching for food so I really cannot relate to people not being hungry in the morning.
Consistency is 1st priority when it comes to your meal plan. So having meals around the same time of day is more helpful in your weight loss goals in the long run than counting calories. If you are 100% sure there will be no healthy options at the BBQ, then choose a lunch that is lower in calories, but still is loaded with nutrients.
I try to eat at least 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day. On busy days it might be 2 meals and 4 snacks but I always try to make sure my snacks have 15 grams of protein and 100 to 200 calories on the busy days.
Water is essential to life and yet most of us are chronically dehydrated.
When it comes to flavored water, I'm in the middle. I think it's okay if it helps you drink more water, but if you uses that as a crutch and don't drink as much when it's not available then it's a downfall.
I definitely drink more water at the end of our workouts. I try to drink as much water as I can 45 minutes before a workout but that does not always happen.
I prefer room temp water because its easy to drink fast. Besides that I seem to drink more throughout the day if it is room temperature.