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What's More Important: Small Meals or Longer Intervals?

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Old 12-21-2011
Neeshu
 
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What's More Important: Small Meals or Longer Intervals?



Suddenly it has become a trend for dieticians and nutritionists to plan diets around the theory that the body’s metabolism goes up if you keep eating at short intervals rather than if you eat two or three big meals a day. While this may be true, let’s find out whether this works best for you...Whether, many small meals throughout the day, makes more sense that fewer meals with longer intervals, for you.

Let’s take an example. Nandini is 25 years old and has started working after finishing her education in advertising. Her job is stressful and her hours, long. Over the last one and a half years of working she has steadily gained weight due to inactivity. She then met a dietician who gave her a diet plan that breaks up her meals into 6: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, tea, mid- evening snack and dinner.

Now initially, Nandini made sure she carried the necessary items from home in little boxes. There were the fruits, the multigrain biscuits, the healthy lunch, the salad, and the sprouts for the mid-evening snack, all of it. But within two weeks she started substituting home-packed meals for what was more easily available. Her evening snack became an idli or wada and her mid morning snack disappeared. Her tea was half a packet of biscuits that she would buy off her office canteen. This is all good, but when the quantities increased, so did the weight.

Lets take another example. Aditi is a 26 year old with a similar problem. Like Nandini, she too has a stressful job, with long hours and she too gained weight once her lifestyle turned sedentary, sitting on her desk for hours on end. She has a slightly different approach to weight loss though. Aditi eats when she is hungry. Not the fake hunger pangs that resonate out of boredom, but after a few hours have passed and she truly has burnt up all of her past meal. She carries nuts with her and eats a handful to silence the pangs; they fill her up until she reaches home for dinner.

In this way, by eating smart, she eats three substantial meals and snacks on nuts, but does manage to see a slight drop in her weight at least to manageable levels.

With these two variations in eating plans, you can see that what may work for someone, may not work for you, purely depending on your situation. If eating 6 small meals is turning into 6 slightly larger meals or if you’re fooling yourself into thinking that since the experts are saying 6 meals are good for you, you can get away with anything, then it is not going to work. What you need is a slight bit of flexibility to suit your hectic lifestyle.

On the other hand, if 6 small meals are manageable and you are able to stick to 6 small meals only, then by all means go for it!

Otherwise, you are better off being honest with yourself and your limitations, and maybe even maintaining a diary could work to aid you with your weight loss efforts.
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