Mini-Meals Vs. Three Squares a Day

Eating small, frequent meals can take the edge off your appetite. But which is better for controlling your waistline – eating three squares a day or grazing?

Do you find yourself in the employee break room every day at 4 pm because the pretzels, chips and candy bars are calling to you from the vending machine? Even though you had a healthy and nutritious lunch, you can’t seem to resist the temptation because you’re hungry again and waiting until 6 or 7pm for dinner seems like an eternity! You’ve heard varying advice but wonder which is better for controlling your waistline – eating three squares a day or having smaller, more frequent meals?

Actually, it depends. Many people eat three nutritious meals a day and have no trouble maintaining their weight. But studies have suggested that grazing (eating smaller amounts of food more frequently) can make it easier to maintain or lose weight.

Eating four to six small meals each day can take the edge off your appetite. This makes it less likely you’ll binge on fast food or empty calories. And some research has shown that more frequent, smaller meals may help increase your metabolism.

Mini-meals may have health benefits, along with making it possible to fit into your blue jeans. Research has shown that this eating pattern may contribute to lower cholesterol levels and better blood sugar control. That means added protection from heart disease and type 2 diabetes – two conditions also linked to obesity.

Smart grazing tips

That being said, your mini-meal choices still have to be nutritious to count. If you are not careful, more meals can easily turn into more calories per day. In the end, total calories are going to count, no matter how many meals you eat.

If you decide to try eating mini-meals for weight control, keep the following tips in mind:

Almost all nutritionists agree that the most successful formula for maintaining a healthy weight includes:

In the end, do what you feel works best for you. A good eating plan is only as successful as the person who is able to stick with it.

Source: Thank you to Fleet Feet Sarasota and United Health for sharing this article with us!

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