If recent research published by American Society for Nutrition (Ref1) is to be believed, grazing every few hours is not the path to a slim waist. Eating frequent meals is associated with poorer diet quality and obesity. Time to ditch those snack meals and bars?!
Don’t panic and throw them out yet though. Irregular eating times and unplanned snacks are the problem here. The most important thing when it comes to optimising your metabolism is to ensure you are consuming your meals at the same time everyday. Random snacking adds calories and messes with your body’s efforts to regulate hormonal balance in your body. (Ref 2 and 3).
So, even if you are having six meals (do share how you get the time!), it is important that they are not mindless snacks but already part of your plan (i.e. calories are accounted for) AND consumed at the same time everyday. Happy Munching!
1. Rebecca ML, Anna T, Katherine ML, Anthony W, and Sarah AM. Temporal eating patterns: associations with nutrient intakes, diet quality, and measures of adiposity. Am J Clin Nutr 2017, doi: 10.3945 /ajcn.117.156588
2. Farshchi HR, Taylor MA and Macdonald IA. Regular meal frequency creates more appropriate insulin sensitivity and lipid profiles compared with irregular meal frequency in healthy lean women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;58(7):1071-7
3. Thomas EA, Higgins J, Bessesen DH, McNair B and Cornier MA. Usual breakfast eating habits affect response to breakfast skipping in overweight women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Apr;23(4):750-9. doi: 10.1002/oby.21049. Epub 2015 Mar 6.