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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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Breakfast is a huge part of my daily routine. If I don't eat breakfast I tend to over eat throughout the day.
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"Grazing" throughout the day has helped me from eating a large lunch and dinner. Report
Mini meals are great..but in the life of a teacher...we are lucky to get a lunch. Report
Thank You for a great article................. Report
Good breakfast then healthy snacks.
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I religiously include healthy snacks in my daily meal plans Report
I'm wondering if these articles are ever updated to reflect current standards. This was written in 2008 - a decade ago. Report
I'm a bit concerned about that sample meal plan. In most of the options, the # of grams for fat is either the same or higher than the # of grams for protein, which is far from ideal. I don't know if it's the same for everyone, but my Spark meal tracker recommends at least a 2:1 ratio (2 grams of protein minimum for every gram of fat). Report
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I do think 6 small meals daily is good and keeps the metabolism on an even keel not having the peaks and valleys that normal eating does. Report
I do believe that having smaller meals throughout the day works best for me. My doctors had told me that very thing. I follow the Dash Diet for weight some of my choices would be different but over all a great article. Report
For me personally, that "sample meal plan" represents many of the foods I cut OUT of my diet I order to lose weight. (Too many grams of fat and starchy carbohydrate!) I have no more than two 100-calorie or so snacks per day: mid-morning if I know it'll be a while before lunch, mid-afternoon (especially if I plan to work out after work) or at night while relaxing with a book before bedtime. My snacks consist of 100-calorie packs of nuts, some fruit, or maybe a small piece of low-fat cheese. One rule I definitely follow is making sure that ALL my food -- meals and snacks together -- remains within my daily limits for calories, fat, and carbohydrates. Report
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I eat a good breakfast and then I make lunch and my afternoon snack about the same calorie count and then usually a salad plus protein for supper. By making my afternoon snack larger, I have noticed I don't have an urge to binge like I use to. Report

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