By the time Gary Shor gets home from work at six, he has had breakfast and three lunches. Forty-five minutes later, he’ll eat dinner. Yet he weighs about 30 pounds less than back when he was eating only three meals a day. Shor belongs to a small but dedicated group who, heeding popular nutritional advice, has traded in the traditional breakfast-lunch-and-dinner lifestyle for a daylong stream of mini meals. Every day Mr. Shor eats five or six pre-portioned combinations of lean protein, grain, vegetables and fruits, such as vegetable wraps, frittatas or grilled meat with salad. He quells cravings with salads and may sweeten them with Splenda. I’m just grazing all day,” says Mr.
It’s time to get to the bottom of this popular weight-loss myth. This myth is an easy one to buy into, because at face value, it seems like it makes sense. By eating frequent, small meals, you’re continuously stimulating your metabolism, and thus burning more calories, right? Here’s why. By grazing around the clock, you’re preventing your body from burning fat. When you’re constantly eating, you’re consistently releasing insulin, which puts your body into its “absorptive phase. The goal is for your body to be in “postabsorptive phase,” where it uses your energy stores for sustenance, and burns more fat. Grazing can also cause you to lose track of the calories you’ve consumed. When you have three, well-balanced meals a day and one snack, it’s easy to keep count and it’s much easier to nutritionally balance your meals. It also becomes more difficult to ensure that each time you’re eating, you’re consuming the appropriate combination of macronutrients like healthy proteins, fats, and carbs. You’re left feeling unsatisfied.
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For weight loss, some swear by “grazing” — eating several small meals throughout the day — instead of eating fewer meals at more traditional mealtimes. Now, a small study comparing both approaches finds it doesn’t matter which tactic you use, as long as you reduce total calories. Women who ate five meals on one test day and two regular meals on another consuming the same total calories each day burned the same amount of calories both days, researchers found. Those hoping to lose weight can choose the approach they prefer, Piya said. Based on the new findings, he said he would now tell patients trying to lose weight: “You have your own ways of eating and doing things. As long as you eat fewer calories [to lose weight], you will be fine. He compared the approaches in 24 women, including some who were normal weight and some who were obese. The lean women, on average, were age 34, while the obese women, on average, were