What? That sounds impossible. I subscribe to Tony Horton’s YouTube channel and one of his most recent videos briefly explains how to eat more and lose weight. The explanation is really quite simple:
Eat food that is clean: whole food, high in fiber.
Tony states that he eats all day – 5 meals a day:
Eating 5 to 6 Small Meals Does Not Boost Metabolism
However, there are some things I learned about the whole 5 t0 6 small meals a day concept. Like many others, I have always stuck to the concept that eating small healthy meals throughout the day helps to speed up the metabolism as well as control blood sugar.
This may not be the case. According to a study conducted by the University of Ottawa, they found that there was no weight loss advantage to splitting calories between six meals rather than three.
What is more important is the amount of calories you’re consuming. Regardless if you choose to eat three meals a day or 5 to 6 small meals, in order to lose weight, calorie count still matters.
The Positives of Eating Several Meals Throughout the Day
There are some positives to eating many small meals throughout the day. If you follow what Tony suggests in his video by eating whole food, high in fiber like fruit, vegetables, nuts, and lean protein, you’ll feel satiated.
When you eat multiple times a day rather than waiting a long period of time between meals, you’re less likely to overeat. Even better, if you eat breakfast every day, you’re more likely to weigh less than those who don’t. You’re also more likely to make better food choices during the day.
One of My Favorite Breakfast Meals
One of my favorite breakfast meals is overnight oats. Every time I eat this I’m full way into lunch. You can add whatever you like to your oats. The way it works is, rather than cooking your oatmeal, you mix all of your ingredients (oats and a liquid) and set it in the refrigerator overnight. The oats soak up the liquid and soften.
No more rushing to make breakfast in the morning and by the time you’re ready to eat it, it’s at a nice temperature and delicious! Here is what I typically have in mine:
- Almond milk or coconut cream
- Flax seed oil
- Dried cranberries or raisins
- Cacao nibs
Click here for even more overnight oat recipes and check out Pinterest also.
Do you eat 5 or 6 small healthy meals throughout the day or do you stick to three meals a day?