If your dieting, is it better to eat five smaller meals a day than three big ones?
And why exactly?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes, it is better to eat more light meals everyday than three big ones. :)
- Crimson667Lv 59 years ago
It's not quite that simple. The reason why multiple smaller meals throughout the day are recommended are two-fold. One, people who are full of misconceptions about diet & exercise assume they have to restrict their food intake to an extreme degree. When exercising regularly, the body needs MORE fuel to keep going, and when people hear they have to boost their food intake to 2000 calories (usually women) or 2500 (usually men), they freak out and immediately think "I CAN'T EAT THAT MUCH!!!"
The second reason is that by eating smaller meals frequently through the day is to keep the metabolism moving. By getting the body accustomed to constantly processing food for energy, it doesn't have the chance to stop and get lazy. In this aspect, bear in mind that a "meal" may be something as small and simple as a piece of fruit or a protein bar. It doesn't have to mean a whole sandwich or a plate of chicken.
At the end of it all, though, it's just a matter of calories in vs. calories expended. Like I said above, when getting onto a proper eating plan, many people unnecessarily restrict their intake too much, which is why you may often see people -- usually teen girls and young women -- attempting to get through a day on 1000 calories or less (which is unhealthy).
Maintain a calorie deficit of 200-500 calories per day below your regular burn amount and get regular exercise 3-4 times a week at the least.Source(s): http://caloriecount.about.com
- 9 years ago
Yes. If you eat 4-6 meals a day every 2-3 hours, you will lose more fat/weight in a week, but you have to make sure you don't consume LOTS of calories. Eating every 2-3 hours keeps your metabolism high and the higher it is, the more fat you burn. If you eat 3 big meals, your metabolism will slow down because you have to wait for HOURS until your next meal. You will also not feel full and might even consider giving up because you feel hungry. I find it hard to eat 4-6 small meals a day because I get full fast which is good! Go ahead and try it. You won't regret it and good luck!
- Anonymous9 years ago
My cousin lost 6 stone by eating 300 calories every 3 hours.
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- Flizbap 2.0Lv 69 years ago
It has no inherent advantage, it's designed so that you plan out every meal and snack and space them out so you never find yourself hungry and craving food leading you to buy junk food.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Yes, it builds up your metabolism..