Is eating three large meals a day the best way to provide your body with the nutrients it needs? Opinion here is divided, with some medical practitioners recommending that five small, balanced meals, spread evenly throughout the day, is a better option.
Some people may question how they can find the time to eat five times a day but when you understand why this is believed to be a better way to consume your nutrients, you might decide that it wouldn’t be such a hassle after all.
When we eat, our bodies secrete insulin in response to rises in our blood sugar levels. The job of this insulin is to remove the sugar from our bloodstreams and move it into our cells. As this process continues, the levels of both insulin and sugar in our blood decreases. This happens every time we eat.
If we only eat two or three large meals a day, we have long periods of time in between meals when we are, effectively, fasting. Eating in this manner causes blood sugar and insulin to go through a series of peaks and troughs throughout the day – when we eat, our levels are high, then as we go into the ‘fasting’ period, our sugar and insulin levels become very low. This can lead to a condition called hypoglycaemia, which just means low blood sugar levels. The symptoms of hypoglycaemia can vary but can include hunger, confusion, irritability, sweating, and even heart palpitations. So if we are able to reduce these troughs by shortening the ‘fasting’ periods between meals, the chances of hypoglycaemia developing are reduced. This is why eating five small meals a day seems to be a better option. Plus, having smaller meals is likely to decrease food cravings and can even reduce mood swings. With smaller meals we are also less likely to overeat.
It’s really not that difficult to get into the habit of eating five meals a day. Live Lean Today’s meal plans can provide you with a weekly menu to fit in with your lifestyle.
Maybe now that you know why eating five small meals a day is a good idea you will be more inclined to give it a go. As most people these days lead busy, hectic lives, it’s helpful if one or two of our small meals are something quick and easy. One option here is to have a nutrition shake like Optimal Meal Formula Shakes. You just add two scoops to 10-12oz of water and mix.
So now you know how eating five small meals a day can assist you to have stable levels of blood sugar and insulin throughout the whole day. And best of all you’ll feel healthier and happier.