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TRIXYMAHOGANY SparkPoints: (10,491)
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3/9/14 6:35 P

Thank you all so much for your quick replies! I KNEW he was just blowing air. :P Sometimes I doubt myself. :)

3/9/14 5:30 P

A few research studies have shown that 4-5 eating episodes daily can be beneficial to hunger control and therefore weight loss.

But this doesn't mean it is the only way to distribute your food for weight loss.
Do what works best for you.

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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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3/9/14 5:18 P

For some people, eating small meals helps them stave off hunger. But there really is no metabolic advantage to eating small meals; it's all about personal preference and what works for you. For me, I get annoyed at small meals; I like two big ones, and a couple of snacks.

It is most certainly NOT the "only way" to keep up your metabolism, nor is it required to lose weight.

Your body doesn't care what time you eat; what matters for weight loss is your total intake over the period of a week or so.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/9/14 3:57 P


Everyone's body is different. If your friend does better eating 6 small meals a day...congrats to him!!

You are dong great eating 3 meals and a snack - that's what works for you!!

Some people eat 2 meals a day, some 4, some 2 with 2 snacks, some 3 with 2 snacks....everyone is different :)

TRIXYMAHOGANY SparkPoints: (10,491)
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3/9/14 3:49 P

This person at my job keeps trying to convince me that I need to eat six small meals a day in order to be healthy and lose weight. He says that it's "the way our bodies are built" and "it's the only way to keep up metabolism".

So, I've recently lost about 13 pounds, and my typical day consists of a small breakfast, a small lunch, a small snack, and a big dinner - but I consume the bulk of my calories after 4PM and mostly in my dinner. I haven't had a problem losing weight at all.

How much truth is there to this six small meals a day thing?

Edited by: TRIXYMAHOGANY at: 3/9/2014 (15:55)
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