There has been much speculation as to whether eating more often throughout the day in smaller portions will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Typically, we have all been taught that eating three meals is the way to go, but is it really?
What are the advantages of eating “mini-meals” every two to three hours or four to six times per day? Supporters of this idea claim that eating multiple small meals during the week can lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, improve energy levels, boost metabolism, and preserve lean muscle mass. Although these benefits sound great, not all have been scientifically proven yet. That doesn’t mean you can’t hop on the bandwagon and try it out!
If you do decide to dive into the world of miniature meals, here are few things you need to know:
- Eating more often isn’t for everyone. If you’re one of those people who absolutely love to eat whether it is in large or small portions, you will need to discipline yourself more to be successful. You will also need to be dedicated to this strategy by planning out your meals for calorie intake for it to work.
- You won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. Stay with your normal routine by cooking regular sized meals then splitting them in half to make two is simple enough. Stick the other in the fridge or freezer for another day. Everyone loves to save time.
- Learn what hunger really feels like. I don’t know about you, but I am the ultimate crank when I’m in starvation mode. Look out for those signs of hunger and address it before it happens by snacking on a piece of fruit or smoothie. If you wait till you’re painstakingly hungry, you’re much more likely to overeat.
- Try to eat balanced meals for best results. Your small meals should be nutritionally balanced with complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. Each of these meals should be about half the size of a normal meal so that when you eat them, you are taking in the same calories and nutrients, just at different times throughout the day.
- Easy mini meals to try could be hummus, whole-grain crackers, and baby carrots or a grilled chicken sandwich with veggies. Bear in mind that you’re eating enough to feel satisfied, not full.
Altering your focus from high-calorie snacks to well-balanced miniature meals could be exactly what you need to whittle your waistline. This is one trend that we don’t mind following!