Does eating smaller meals raise your metabolism? This issue has been debated for years, but now a new study from the University of Ottawa, found no weight loss advantage to eating six smaller meals than the traditional three.
You may enjoy eating smaller meals, but your weight loss goals may be harder to reach.
Here are 4 reasons eating smaller meals may hinder your weight loss:
When you’re eating several times a day, it’s hard to remember what you had at each meal, so you may end up eating too much. It’s also harder to balance essential nutrients such as proteins, fat, and carbs.
You may not be satisfied with smaller amount of your favorite foods, and eat more later in the day to make up for it. From a psychological angle, you never sit down to eat a regular meal, so you’re constantly wanting more to eat.
No Prep Time
Eating more often means you need to have healthy snacks on hand at a moment’s notice. If you’re working or just have a busy lifestyle, you may not have time to cut vegetables, prepare salads, or have a protein food you can grab on the run.
You’re Not Burning Fat
Continual eating means that the body is constantly releasing insulin. All of that insulin is stored as sugar, and keeps other enzymes in the body from releasing fat.
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