How Many Meals Should You Eat?
When we’re watching our calories is it better to eat three squares, or graze whenever hunger hits? Surprisingly, many weight loss experts say grazing is the way to go. Of course this kind of noshing comes with rules. Here they are:
BE DISCRIMINATING. You can’t just dig into whatever is available. Conventional chips, for example, are filled with empty calories and little nutrition.
COME PREPARED. Fill individual snack packs and carry them with you for when you’re at the office or running errands. Nuts, sliced raw vegetables, air popped corn, whole grain rice cakes, are all good choices.
OPT FOR SMALL MEALS. Rather than three regular-size meals in between grazing, consider eating a few mini meals throughout the day. To help keep portions within reason, use smaller plates and don’t go back for seconds. These small meals should supplement your grazing.
TREAT YOURSELF. Don’t deny yourself sweets completely. Instead, limit yourself to two a day and be aware of portion size. For example, if you’re craving the taste and texture of chocolate, opt for a bite-sized offering under 60 to 70 calories. Also, if you’re hungering for sweets there’s always fruit, especially berries. Choose these and you’ll get the added benefit of increased antioxidants.