When it comes to dieting, each person has to decide what works best for them. I prefer everything in moderation, but there are others who get better results from a low-carb or low-fat diet. Counting calories can drive you crazy.
One popular concept that has been around a while is eating several small meals a day. To a foodie like me, the more times I can eat the better, and when I can stick to this plan I do notice a surge of energy. There has been a lot of debate in the medical world about whether eating more often raises your metabolism.
Eating more often can come with its own set of problems, so you may have to give it a try to determine if it will help you lose weight. Here are four reasons eating smaller meals may stall your weight loss:
You May Overeat
When you eat several meals a day, it’s hard to remember what you had at each meal, so you may rationalize that you still have a lot of calories you can consume, and end up eating too much. It’s also harder to balance essential nutrients such as proteins, fats, and carbs.
No Time to Prep in Advance
When you decide to eat healthier, you need to cut up fruit, prepare some vegetables, and make up healthy salads and entrees. In this hurry-up world, it’s hard to fit that in around everything else you have going on, and it may be easier to swing by the drive-thru or food court and get something to go.
It can be difficult to stick to smaller servings of your favorite foods, and you may binge later in the day to make up for it. Since you’re never sitting down to a full meal, you may find yourself constantly wanting to eat.
You’re Not Burning Fat
One big drawback of eating several meals a day is that your body is constantly releasing insulin. All of that insulin is stored as sugar, and keeps other enzymes in the body from releasing fat.
Remember, it always comes down to the same formula for weight loss. Eat less and move more. This has really helped me stay on track with portion control. Keep doing the right things and you may reach your goals sooner than you think.