How Many Meals Per Day Should I Eat?

I’ve heard of all kinds of suggested ways to eat your meals, in terms of:

  • Number of meals
  • Size of meals
  • Timing of meals

Some say eat a huge breakfast; others say zero breakfast.

Some say eat three hearty meals; other say six or seven little ones.

Some recommend a big dinner; others say not to eat after 6 PM.

Ultimately, it’s got to be up to you – not what I, or someone else says.

Think about what will work for you, why, and to experiment.

There are no absolute truths. Just because a diet book is a bestseller does not mean that it will work for you. There very well may be something you can learn from it, but you also have to fit that into your own life, in your own way.

Some ideas:

Mix it up. If you’re struggling with your weight, and you’ve never tried any other formats, perhaps the ‘old school’ three meals a day isn’t best for you.

Your belly needs rest. It’s probably not a good idea to eat all day long. Your body needs time and space to digest. I love snacks too, but, if your digestive system is always working, it is never resting.

Thirsty or tired? These two things often masquerade as hunger. Try a glass of water, a nap, or getting to bed a bit earlier if you’re hungry too often.

Food choices matter. Whole foods satisfy you. Things that are not food do not.

Well-timed snacks work. For example, eating a handful or two of nuts about 20-30 minutes before a meal will remove the feeling of needing to gorge when you sit down in front of all that food.

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