Why fitness gurus claim that 6 small meals a day helps with weight loss and more energy is beyond me…
When the body is fed every 2-3 hours, it burns fuel from those meals, rather than from its fat stores. So instead of burning stored fat between meals the way we were designed, the body enjoys having meals delivered every 2-3 hours. If the meals are small, frequent and healthy, the body won’t store any fat from those meals and, in theory, have energy all day and never gain weight.
Studies have shown that when people eat small meals or snacks throughout the day (instead of meals), they consume a significantly higher amount of sugar and less micronutrients. Sugar is a fast-burning, quick-energy meal that will leave you hungry for another sugary snack, in short order.
When being fed every 2-3 hours, the body is not encouraged to burn any of its stored fat for energy.
When you eat 3 meals a day and have ample time between meals, the body is forced to burn that stored fat.
Once fat is restored as your active fuel supply, you will see better energy, more stable moods, greater mental clarity, better sleep, less cravings and natural and permanent weight management.
This is where meal spacing comes in to play…
- Space your meals out 4 hours apart.
- Don’t snack between meals. That defeats the purpose of meal spacing.
- Eat 3 nourishing and balanced meals a day (or 2 if you’re the type of person that likes to skip breakfast–and may people do skip it!).
- If you are going to have dessert with your meal, eat it with the meal, not 2 hours later.
- Drink a lot of water. In between meals sip on water. If you feel hungry between meals, drink at least 1-2 glasses of water and see if that satisfies the craving you were having. Sometimes we are actually thirsty when we think we’re hungry.
- If you’re a snacker, stop buying snacks! If they’re not around the house, you won’t eat them.
If you still have questions and would like to talk about how to incorporate meal spacing into your day, let’s talk. Schedule a call with me here. I’m here to help!