Will Three Meals A Day Kill Your Metabolism?

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If you’ve been googling, reading health magazines, or basically have any connection to the outside world, you know that you should not be eating three meals a day nor skipping meals. The experts out there advise that you need to eat smaller meals 5 – 6 times a day or your metabolism will grind to a halt faster than stomping on your brakes with both feet and your blood sugar will drop like the stock market.

Although yes, there is some truth there but that’s not the complete story. If you skip a meal every now and then, the impact calorie-wise to your metabolism probably won’t make a discernable difference in your fat loss. Your body won’t start burning muscle to keep you moving if you miss breakfast a few times.  At least not for the average person like you or me. Bodybuilders and powerlifters are a different story, but I don’t think many of them are reading this blog. If you are let me know, I’d love to meet you.

French FriesThere’s a more important reason to eat regularly throughout the day – hunger. Life is crazy and things come up when you least expect it. Kid activities, work meetings, an unscheduled life crisis. If you are only eating three times a day, there’s a bigger chance of missing a meal when your schedule unexpectedly changes. A skipped meal causes voracious hunger and results in you making bad food choices.

You know, the kind of hunger where you want to eat anything you can get your hands on and fast. Typically you’ll also end up eating more than you intended because you eat so fast that your body doesn’t have time to shut off the hunger and have your brain realize you’re full. Before you know it, half a pizza is gone and you feel stuffed and sluggish.

If you eat smaller meals more often, you usually don’t end up quite as hungry when life gets in the way. Pizza faceplanting or a fry frenzy is no longer the only option. Plus if you’ve been reading, you already have some emergency snack options in mind.

Eating frequently also helps if you’ve cut calories in an effort to get in shape. As your body adjusts to less calories, hunger is an inevitable response. If you know that your next meal is coming in a short time, it’s mentally easier to wait out the craving. Wouldn’t you rather know you’re eating a little something in an hour than have to ride it out for several hours until dinner? I know which one I’d choose.

So keep this in mind when you’re planning out your meals. Do what works for your schedule and lifestyle. Life is all about choices! 🙂

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