If you’re like me, you grew up hearing about the importance of “three square meals a day.” But this model of eating isn’t the be-all and end-all of a healthy diet. In fact, five meals a day just might be the magic number, especially if your goal is to lose weight.
Often times when we eat three “square” meals a day, they’re not so square: typically one or two meals are sparse, while the remaining meal (usually dinner!) is really heavy in calories.
Of course, that’s if you even manage to get all three of those meals in your day. Raise your hand if you often eat only two meals a day! How about one jumbo meal? These types of eating habits are what pack on the pounds without us even realizing what’s wrong.
So what’s the solution? Eating smaller meals more often!
In my experience, eating five smaller meals is ideal (and it’s the model that the IdealPlan is based on!).
Here are 4 reasons why this method works so well for weight loss, ranked from least to most important.
1. Keeps Energy Levels Stable
When we eat only a couple of bigger meals every day, we flood our systems with large amounts of calories all at once. Consuming higher amounts of calories at one time can spike our blood sugar. And blood sugar spikes lead to blood sugar crashes… which lead to hunger, fatigue, and cravings.
Eating the right foods at regular intervals should stabilize your blood sugar levels, allowing you to avoid spikes that come from huge, carb-heavy meals and sugary snacks. By avoiding these spikes and crashes you can keep a stable level of energy and avoid the hunger danger zone where you’re likely to eat junk.
2. Naturally Decreases Your Calorie Intake
We don’t only tend to overestimate our food needs when we’re really hungry. Researchers from Yale and University of Southern California also discovered that we’re more likely to want fatty, salty, and sugary foods when we feel like we’re “starving.”
By eating five small meals a day, you’re able to avoid extreme hunger and stay in control of what and how much you eat.
When you eat more frequently, you avoid the hunger “danger zone” that causes you to eat junk, because you never become starving-hungry. You can eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied! A great option for a low-calorie, delicious meal is IdealShake.
IdealShake is a tasty meal replacement shake, designed with important nutrients and minerals of a well-balanced meal, and reinforced with our hunger-blocking ingredient Slendesta. This means you’ll not only satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, you’ll also be controlling your appetite.