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Breaking Down Pros and Cons of Mini Meals

The Benefits of Eating Several Small Meals Each Day


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  • Three meals and a snack work for me. All pre-planned of course, otherwise I will overeat.
  • Mini meals don't work for me but I've successfully lost about 60 pounds and kept it off for the last three years so obviously three meals plus an occasional snack works for me.
  • MY two cents is this: Your body KNOWS what it needs. If it's beginning to feel grouchy and your stomach begins having pains between meals....EAT. Choose wisely, but EAT. If you're not experiencing those problems then ....DON'T eat.
    It doesn't have to be all or nothing. It doesn't have to be complicated.
  • Snacks are helpful to me. They kinda the day.
  • SUNSHINE8686
    I like using mini meals. I also have days where I simply even out my snack intake better than others. That is something that has really helped me. I like to have have a snack such as a granola bar or a smoothie to give me that extra boost of energy through out the day.
  • Multiple meals daily are not my thing. I eat a substantial enough meal that I don't need snacks or mini meals.
  • Mini meals do not work well for me...will stick to three meals
  • SAFIRE82
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for this interesting and informative article. I plan on trying the mini meals - I really think it will help me succeed!!!
  • 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.
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