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The Importance of Eating Small Meals for Weight Loss

The importance of eating small meals for weight loss is still a subject that isn’t well understood by the majority of people. Dieters have, for a long time, come up with different ways of using diets in a way that can help reduce weight loss. The frequency of eating, the type of food to be eaten, and the amounts of food to be taken in at a particular time, if all well-balanced can complete a successful weight loss program. Your food intake needs depend on your age, sex and the physical activity levels. Apart from aiding weight loss, eating small meals has been shown to control blood sugar levels as well as ensuring proper nutrition.

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How Eating Small Meals Helps Weight Loss:

1. Eat At Frequent Intervals

The rate at which your body burns calories depends on your body’s metabolism and this is the reason why metabolism is important in weight loss. A higher metabolic rate means more calories are burnt, hence a lesser weight. You could be thinking that the easiest way to weight loss is simply by skipping meals. Simple, isn’t it? Unfortunately, your body’s metabolism slows down when you skip meals. What happens is that, the body interprets this as starvation and an irregular food supply and slows down metabolism rates in order to conserve energy. This is a perfect reaction, but given that, the starvation is not really the case, by the time you take the next meal, the other calories still exist. This simply translates to weight gain given that you will tend to take large chunks of food to satisfy your hunger.

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You are probably thinking that eating more than three meals a day is not a healthy option. It is obvious that the more you eat, the more you increase your calorie intake. This is actually true if you take large meals at a time, but not when you take small healthy meals. Small meals taken to frequently ensure that you do not go hungry as well as prevent you from overeating. It is recommended to take five to six small meals in a day and not to exceed four hours without taking something.

2. Increased Energy

Your body’s energy is obtained from consuming food. Getting continuous energy requires a frequent eating of small meals. A regular and frequent pattern of small food intake regulates the levels of insulin. Insulin hormone helps in increasing the levels of metabolism, which makes the body active as well.

3. In Nutritional Health

Small meals that are taken at frequent intervals are good because people tend not to repeat the same kind of meal. The variety will ensure that you obtain the necessary nutrients for a good body functioning. Some categories of food tend to have more calories than other categories and when taken in large chunks as in the case of taking two or three meals a day, they result in extra calories that would have otherwise not been there. When you take small meals, the probability is that you will take more vitamins and minerals that do not contribute to weight gain.

The importance of eating small meals in weight loss is well rounded and is the perfect weight loss and dietary solution that you have been looking for for a long time.

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Frequent Eating Tied To Less Weight Gain In Girls

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Frequent meals(Reuters Health) – Girls who did frequent eating and snacks put on fewer pounds and gained fewer inches to their waistlines over the next decade than those who only ate a couple of times each day, according to a new study.

Food Education is ideal for teaching our young girls on how to eat as well.  Researchers said that one explanation is that smaller, more frequent meals and snacks kept girls satisfied for longer, and prevented them from over-eating.

“Maybe if you eat smaller meals or you eat more frequently you’re less likely to have a very large meal or be extremely hungry and over-eat at a meal,” said Alison Field, who studies kids’ eating habits at Children’s Hospital in Boston but didn’t participate in the new research.

The new report, from Lorrene Ritchie at the University of California, Berkeley, is based on data from a government-funded study of black and white girls in Berkeley, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.

Frequent Eating Should Be Started While Young

Starting at the ages of 9 and 10 years old, the girls filled out food records of what they ate, a few days at a time, and then reviewed those records with nutritionists.

Over the next 10 years, researchers continued to track more than 2,100 girls’ height, weight and waist size.

Ritchie used those records to compare the number of meals and snacks girls ate at the start of the study with changes in their weight and waist size through ages 19 to 20.

Girls initially reported eating an average of about two and a half meals and another two and a half snacks each day.

As expected, no matter how frequently they ate, participants gained weight and waist inches over the study period as they went through puberty.  But the fewer snacks and meals girls ate during the day, the more fat they ended up putting on, Ritchie reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

I have designed the Smart For Life® program to train individuals (both men and women) to eat 7 small healthy meals a day.  In addition to stabilizing sugar levels and preventing spikes, the 7 small meals help to satisfy hunger and decrease the likelihood of binge eating, especially during the evening hours.

According to these recent studies over the past ten years, those who started out eating more than six times a day climbed 6.5 points on the body mass index (BMI) scale, which is a measure of weight in relation to height.  Girls that ate three times or less went up 7.8 points.  That works out to about eight extra pounds gained by the least-frequent eaters. So you see, frequent eating of small meals helps you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. -Dr. Sass

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