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:
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).
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: http://www.webmd.com/diet/fea...
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."
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.
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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