Is eating three meals a day ok?

  • I've been trying to eat more smaller meals but it just doesn't fit into my lifestyle, schedule and hunger.

    I like to eat a large breakfast, a lunch and dinner. I don't go to bed hungry and I'm usually hungry right when I go up, around lunchtime AND around dinnertime.

    I do eat regularly, the body gets food the same times every day, just not as often as if I'd be eating a lot of small meals... Is this bad for me? :-)

    Comedienne   by: Comedienne
  • 2 votes
    codemonkey2841  about 2 years ago by: codemonkey2841

    Not at all! You need to listen to your body. If you're genuinely hungry only 3 times per day, then you should only eat 3 times per day (especially if you are still hitting your calorie goals).

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      MatjazMurn about 2 years ago

      I don't know about that. I used to eat only one time a day, because I was hungry only once per day at around 4-5 p.m. That what my body was telling me. I don't think that is very good. You should still try and eat 5 times a day. You only need to add 2 snacks per day - that some veggies or a shake or something. And eat a little less at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    • codemonkey2841
      codemonkey2841 about 2 years ago

      When it comes to nutrition, there's no one real good answer. How to eat healthily relies heavily on the individual physiology. As a rule, 4-5 smaller meals per is typically better than 3 meals and much better than 1-2 meals, but if you only get hungry 3x/day, then you shouldn't force yourself to eat more than 3x/day.

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    buckry  about 2 years ago by: buckry

    I eat 3 meals a day with a snack between lunch and dinner. I don't feel like it's holding me back at all.

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    seeEricaRun  about 2 years ago by: seeEricaRun

    You can only do what you can do. As far as I understand it, the 4-6 meal rule is just to keep you from being hungry and eating too much during meals. If that's not your problem, then I don't see why you shouldn't stick with three.

    Here's a good article:
    Quote: "A review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded there was no real weight loss advantage to eating six meals a day. Another study, in the British Journal of Nutrition, found no weight loss difference between dieters who ate their calories in three meals daily or six meals a day."

    • seeEricaRun
      seeEricaRun about 2 years ago

      A randomized controlled trial published last year in Obesity also does not support that meal frequency affects weight loss:

      Looks like the literature is with you on this one.

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    Bathsheba  about 2 years ago by: Bathsheba

    Typically meals should be no more than about 400 calories with snacks about 200 calories (of course, this varies with your size and weight). The key is not to eat meals that go beyond the energy you can conceivably burn. Eating beyond what you need is how you put on weight. I agree, listen to your body to a certain extent. But, I also take that advice with a grain of salt. If I go through a week long time of eating lots of sugary treats my body will tell me that I need more sweets. In that case, maybe I should not listen to my body but change the conversation.

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    thrivefit  about 2 years ago by: thrivefit

    I have to disagree. I don't believe in force feeding but often people report they aren't hungry because their metabolism has slowed due to not eating enough in the past or consuming too many liquid calories (soda, coffee drink for example). Try the 4-5 small meals a day along with challenging exercise and see what happens.

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