Newsletters: "Six Meals a Day Help Keep the Pounds Away
by Jennifer May, M.S., R.D., M.S.
When it comes to eating, Mom may not be right after all. Most of us grew up with the notion that, in order to eat right, you've got to have three square meals a day. But it turns out that consuming smaller and more frequent meals or snacks may be even better - especially if you're trying to lose weight. The proof is in the (low-fat) pudding:
Some studies have suggested that women's ability to effectively burn fat decreases with age as various hormone levels change. Yet it turns out that older women burn fat from smaller meals just as efficiently as younger women; they burn less fat only if they've eaten three larger meals.
Consuming smaller, more frequent meals can help avoid getting to the point of being ravenously hungry, which is when we tend to devour food - and too much of it.
Eating more often may not only be better for your waistline but also for your lipid and blood sugar levels. This way of eating keeps your metabolism humming steadily, and helps you avoid running to the vending machine for that quick candy bar 'pick-me-up.' (Followed by that quick sugar crash.) If you are diabetic, or are at risk for developing diabetes, this type of meal plan is especially important. Consult your physician or registered dietitian for extra guidance"