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Posted on 11th January 2012 by admin in Super Health

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The debate as to whether it is better to eat three traditional meals or six small meals a day may seem like an age-old question to nutritionists, but many point back to research that began 45 years ago. Hejde and Fabry and their colleagues studied 379 men (ages 60 to 64) to see whether or not there was a difference in body fat between eating three meals per day and eating five meals per day. They observed that men who ate three meals per day had larger skin folds than the men who ate five or more meals per day.

Since that time, many research studies have aimed to determine whether or not the popular dietary trend of “grazing” can influence body weight or energy intake better than eating traditional meals can. The research I have read on this issue is inconclusive. Some studies have supported one approach; other studies have supported the other. While there is a clear consensus among nutrition experts that irregular eating patterns and skipped meals can mean trouble for most of us when it comes to weight loss, there isn’t anything close to a consensus on whether we are metabolically better off eating three regular meals a day or spreading that out into five or six smaller meals.

The basic idea behind grazing is that going too long without eating will cause your metabolism (how fast the body burns calories) to slow or shut down. One example of this concept is found in Jorge Cruise’s book, The 3-Hour Diet. His plan directs you to eat breakfast within one hour of rising, eat every three hours throughout the day, and stop eating three hours before bedtime. He says this systematic method of eating increases BMR (basal metabolic rate), increases energy levels, and decreases appetite, among other healthy benefits. The reasonable and clinical-sounding explanation for this approach is the reason grazing has almost become dietary dogma in many nutrition circles.

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet


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