I agree-- I think it's a personal decision type thing. When I first started out, my calorie range was low and it was hard for me to just plan 3 meals a day, let alone add in some snacks, and still stay within my range. Once I started getting some regular exercise and burning a bunch of calories, I had a higher range, I learned more about nutrition and healthy choices, and could plan my food better and add in a snack or two per day.
For a while, I felt like I didn't really have a meal unless it included a lot of food-- sort of a "feast and famine" approach to the day. I'm now trying eating every 3 hours, so I'm never feeling really starved or really stuffed. I include carbs, fat, and protein every time I eat.
You can add meals to your Nutrition Tracker, so that you don't have to lump all the extra stuff into the one category "Snack". They'll show up at the bottom, not spread out during the day. But at least they're separated and you can see how many calories etc you're eating each separate time.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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I eat 3 meals (small breakfast, medium lunch, larger dinner - all within my calorie ranges) and snacks (like an apple, or almonds) only if i'm hungry, so not daily for me.
I found that this really is a personal thing, not a one-size-fits-all. That said, eating like a diabetic (even if you aren't) really helps to control hunger and overeating. I really love the diabetic food tracker here, and i'm not diabetic.
If you are staying in your calorie range there's nothing wrong with that. It's better for your insulin levels to eat that way anyway. I eat three meals a day and at least one snack, sometimes two snacks.
Having said that, though, when I started my weight loss journey, I really had to learn that being hungry wouldn't kill me. Seriously, I had to come to realize the physical sensation of being hungry was not a crisis the whole world had to stop and address. Now I almost like a low level of hunger throughout the day. I certainly enjoy my food more than I ever did before.
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