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There’s a lot of confusion around how often we should be eating to lose weight.
Many people skip meals in the hope it will give them a flat tummy, but starving yourself will actually lead to weight gain!
Really, it’s all down to quality (what we put into our mouths) as opposed to quantity. And regular meals and snacks will help kick start your metabolism and keep you full for longer.
So how many times should we be eating?
How often we should be eating to lose weight
When you’re on a healthy eating plan some plans you follow may talk about how often we should be eating to lose weight. But not every person is the same and therefore no plan should be the same for each person. If you’re trying to lose weight worrying about how much you’re eating, how often you’re eating and if it’s “right” will all add stress which can then lead to negative outcomes.
Instead, your healthy eating plan should focus on healthy foods that are nutrient-dense – which in turn keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Firstly, many diet plans tell you to eat less than 1,500 calories and people can get hung up on this number. But this number is a general one and every body is different which means the fuel needed is different.
If you are trying to lose weight, it’s important to work out your BMR to see how many calories your own body needs and then work out your body’s daily energy requirements; you can work out both on our online calculators here.
Calories, meals and snacks
The 1,500 calories a day number is VERY broad and is a very low number. And as everyone has a different BMR and energy needs, there is not a ‘one size fits all’ calorie or kilojoule allowance to follow.
We suggest you eat three meals a day as well as snacks in between – making sure you don’t skip breakfast! If you’re time-poor and need to get out of the door quickly for the school run or work then try drinking our Healthy Man Meal Replacement shake, which are easy to make and you can take them with you!
What to include in your meals and snacks
Along with working out how often we should be eating to lose weight we need to understand what we should be eating, a healthy eating plan should include a broad range of healthy foods from all the food groups.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines suggest that men from 19-50 years of age consume:
Vegetables: 6 serves
Fruit: 2 serves
Grains: 6 serves
Lean meats or protein alternatives: 3 serves
Dairy and its alternatives: 3 serves
You can have up to an additional three serves from the five food groups or discretionary choices.
What studies have found
According to a study by Harvard Medical School looking at how often we should be eating to lose weight, eating more than three times a day helps you lose weight.
Researchers conducted a six-month trial looking at 51 participants and the effect of eating frequencies on hunger, energy intake and weight loss.
Those who ate three meals a day tended to be more hungry compared to those who ate around 100 calories every two to three hours, eating roughly six times a day.
However, the study notes that overall, eating fewer calories helps you lose weight but when you eat or how often you eat does not affect your weight loss.
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