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Breaking Down Pros and Cons of Mini Meals

The Benefits of Eating Several Small Meals Each Day


  • I have found that by nixing snacks and having three regular size meals a day I eat less. I enjoy my food more. A meal is more of an event, a family thing where we can sit down together. Then I eat slower, savor more, and I do allow one snack a day. Usually a piece of fruit. This has been working and eating that many times a day makes me think about food too much and stress. Not a good combo for me. So the 3 a day with a snack is my method. - 5/28/2016 11:43:38 AM
  • I don't do mini meals, but do snack. When I get back from the gym in the morning I have couple of carrots w/hummus and usually fruit in the later afternoon. that works for me. - 5/28/2016 9:35:49 AM
  • I am trying this for the first time but I am also working with a trainer and working out on a regular basis. I will focus on low fat protein like chicken and turkey and lots of veggies. I'll post back how it works over the next few weeks. I am cooking today and making lots of small portions so I can have it to go for my busy schedule. I've lost almost 50 pounds working out and eating mostly low carb over 10 months. - 3/6/2016 10:26:57 AM
  • ONLYME33
    I don't care for being tied to 6 mini menu plans-I was brought up like the author states 3 a day and possible snack. That is what I stick with. My snacks are carrots, celery, lite salads. - 3/6/2016 8:35:22 AM
  • As the article notes figure out what best works for you 6 meals or 3 meals and healthy snacks. I have found that the three meals and healthy snacks keeps me the most fulfilled and the most balanced with proteins, carbs etc. My work schedule also does not always allow time for a mini meal, but I can usually get in the snacks - fruit, protein etc. I need an easy item to grab not something I need to prepare for snacks. - 2/29/2016 9:03:22 PM
  • Thank you for this interesting and informative article. I plan on trying the mini meals - I really think it will help me succeed!!! - 1/23/2016 9:42:31 PM
  • This is bad advice for most people trying to lose weight. WAY TO MANY CARBS, for one. Margarine, hello?

    I have watched a good friend follow this advice and she has ballooned in size, and is still pre-diabetic if not a full Type 2 diabetic now.

    To lose weight and gain health, eat 2-3 meals a day and make then nutrient-dense whole foods. - 1/16/2016 11:29:47 AM
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    - 9/26/2015 10:54:59 AM
  • I eat mini meals all day long. - 9/22/2015 12:03:42 PM
  • please don't forget ,weather you are eating 6 meals or 3 meals... PROTEIN is important you have to get in more protein....not just at dinner. This will help energy level and muscles it not just about getting food in .. it is about the nutrition of that food! - 4/26/2015 12:33:33 PM
  • My issue is on days when I am of from work. But today I have am tracking everything that I do, eat, drink etc....
    I will also a stay aware and ask myself, "Am I hungry or just bored?" - 3/29/2015 1:00:21 PM
    I eat 6-7 times a day, and I'm losing beautifully. No deprivation or starvation, just moderation and balance.

    A great many Americans eat only 1-2 times a day, but their meals are enormous. I hear them constantly complaining about how they don't eat very much. But it's not that they aren't eating a lot, it's that they are feeling deprived in between their eating. - 9/29/2014 4:14:40 PM
  • Last year on my doctor's advice I tried 6 mini meals (200-300 calories) every 2-3 hours. It went okay, but the biggest drawback was in staying on the schedule. It seemed like when I was late by even 15 minutes, it threw the rest of my schedule into utter chaos.

    I now eat 3 regular meals every day plus a light snack (approx 100 cal) in the early afternoon and evening. Seems to work - never starving & not continuously watching a clock. This plan is helps me be more in tune with my body's hunger signals. - 3/28/2014 2:53:47 PM
  • I have been eating 3 meals and 2 snacks each day --- it seems to be working - 11/4/2013 7:48:50 AM
    I am picky about the food That I am eating, usually I am eating every 3 hours to keep the metabolism up like a machine, I love eat row veggies as snack (carrots, tomatoes, celery) and also I don't include to much starchy carbs in my meals and you know the most reward thing for me is that the.clothes that I wearing fit beautifully on me, I almost in my right weight but it takes time and discipline. - 10/23/2013 12:38:04 PM

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