How many meals to eat in a day?

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We all have different body types and requirements. It’s important for us to know our body demand and work with it to ensure we’re eating the right amount of nutritions and calories.

Should I eat three meals a day?

Staying Healthy

Many of us have grown up hearing the common saying ``Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and dinner like a beggar``. With so many different approaches to health, wellness and dieting, it becomes hard for us to understand what actually works best for the body. While there is no one answer to what is the best meal approach, we are hear to help you understand what your body may need.
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Should I eat three meals a day?

Eating just three good meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is the traditional way of going. This style of eating is largely based on our work schedules and occupied lifestyle that makes it easy for us to schedule three meals a day. Many of us have made our bodies used to this way of eating and its the most popular way of consuming meals. There are some health benefits to sticking to this pattern, such as blood sugar control, feeling satiated throughout the day and following a routine that makes our lives easy to sustain and easy to manage. However, eating three meals a day doesn’t work for all of us.

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Is smaller portion of meals a better way of eating?

If your goal is to lose weight, then eating smaller portion of meals and increasing the frequency will not help. According to a research done by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regardless of your eating pattern, weight loss is based on the amount of calories consumed and not on the quantity of meals taken. This means that there is no difference in taking three meals or six meals a day, if you end up eating the same amount of calories.

Does intermittent fasting help with losing weight?

What about fasting for a period of time or intermittent fasting? Does that work? You may have heard that intermittent fasting can lead to overeating, yet this way of eating has become a popular style for those who want to lose weight. The truth is that fasting is an effective way of reducing the intake of calories which helps those of us who want to reduce weight. When you go on a strict fasting schedule, you limit the amount of snacks and miscellaneous  you unconsciously consume, which is helpful for weight loss.

If you’re considering trying out intermittent fasting, the easiest way to get started is to delay eating breakfast and having an early dinner.

In a nutshell...

The most important lesson to take in from this article is that you need to understand what your body requirements are and have a goal.

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Start with understanding whether you need to maintain weight, lose weight or gain weight. Based on that, understand the number of calories /energy you need to consume a day. Divide the calories in the meal portions. We recommend considering breaking your food intake into two bigger portion meals and two smaller portion meals. However note, the number of meals you take solely depends on what works best for you. It has nothing to do with achieving your goal.

We hope this article has helped trigger thoughts on how you can work towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Feel free to comment below and we'd surely reply.

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