Chances are you’ve heard of people eating several small meals a day. This has become a popular eating trend among celebrities trying to lose weight; and the reason they’re doing it is because it works.
Many high-profile trainers have been promoting eating several small meals a day for a few years now, and it’s definitely caught on.
The idea is that you should eat around six meals a day – breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, dinner and a small snack before you go to bed. Sounds like fun right?
It definitely takes a lot more planning (keep this in mind before trying it out). Here’s why it can help you lose weight.
It may help boost metabolism: While there’s some debate over whether this is true or not, most dietitians agree that eating small meals throughout the day can help the body maintain good metabolism levels (the level where calories are being consistently burned throughout the day).
Instead of eating three meals a day, and now six meals a day, the body no longer has to go into “starvation mode” where it slows down calorie burning (and facts on the weight).
You’re less hungry between meals: One of the hardest things about eating healthy is all the cravings you get. Even if you’re not on a diet, it can be hard to resist snacking between meals. Everybody does it, especially if there’s tasty foods seemingly around all of time.
But the great thing about eating six meals a day is that you know the next meal isn’t that far off. It’s easier to tell yourself, “No, I don’t need that.”
You won’t overeat at meals: A big reason a lot of people put on weight is because of overeating. They simply consume too many calories in one sitting, and the body doesn’t know to do with all of them, storing them as fat instead. Since you’ll be eating six meals, the result is that you simply won’t get hungry at all.
And remember, a helpful tip for planning your six meals a day – each meal should be approximately 1/6 your daily required calories (stock up on easily prepared foods that are good for you to make it easier).
Six meals a day may seem difficult, but if you can stick with it, your body will respond in a way you will like.