If you’re worried about how often should you eat, you should know that the results of the last survey showed that 2 bigger meals a day can be ”more useful” for gaining weight than a few smaller meals, even if you enter the same number of calories.
People with type 2 diabetes were involved in the study. During the 12-week period they followed the default nutrition program. First group had 3 meals and 3 snacks every day, while the second group had larger meals (breakfast and lunch). Both groups have taken equal amounts of calories and nutrients.
12 weeks later this research have shown that participants from the second group reduced their body mass index by three times more than participants from the first group.
When we reduce intake of calories, our metabolism slows down. In this case, people who were eating 2 meals a day maintained their metabolism as fast as well as people who ate 6 times a day. Scientists believe that reason for this is a fact that body needs to spend more energy to degrade a larger meal.
Scientists say research has been carried out on people who suffer from type 2 diabetes, and that doesn’t mean that this kind of diet would suit for everyone.
Previous research has shown that several smaller meals a day keep the appetite under control and sugar level remains stable. This reduces need for snacks, which promotes weight loss.
Even research authors point out that consuming only 2 meals a day is not a good strategy for weight loss, at least not for everyone. It would be best if you would eat a rich breakfast and lunch, and a light dinner.
If you are addicted to snacks , listen to your body. Sometimes it is actually thirsty, sometimes hungry, and sometimes it is about a low sugar level.
Your snacks should be full of fiber and contain small amount of calories. This way, you will stay full longer and prevent weight gaining.
Here are some helpful samples and ideas about what Food you should eat and how to prepare it: