There are so many theories on how to lose weight. I’ve heard a lot of people say we should have 5 or 6 small meals per day instead of just the 3 large meals. Both ways can help us lose weight. Which one is good for you? There is no right or wrong answer, but you have to figure out what works best for you. I had my 3 big meals during my weight loss plan.
As losing weight is basically burning more calories than the calories you consume, the number of meals doesn’t really matter. What matters most is the number of calories you eat. Having small meals may be more effective for some as eating frequently can help prevent you from getting hungry between large meals. What it does is basically divide the meals into smaller portions throughout the day to keep you constantly full.
Eating 3 large meals a day will have the same weight loss effect if you control your portions well and watch your calories. Give yourself room to snack mid morning or mid afternoon, but make sure that the snacks are not adding unnecessary calories to your diet. I usually snacked on fruits such as apples, guava, bananas or pears. Apples have very few calories and kept me full since they are high in fiber. One Golden Delicious has 82 calories. 0% fat yogurt is also a good snack with only 80 calories. Soy milk also helped. The low fat soy milk I bought had around 100 calories per portion. 0% cow milk is also a good snack. One cup will keep you quite full.
I used the following link to check how much calories I was consuming http://caloriecount.about.com So whether its 6 small meals per day or 3 large meals… just watch the calories! Try and see what works best for you!