For many years I have heard individuals advise eating six small meals a day. I tried it and felt terrible! I put on weight at that time, and that was not the objective. For a very long time, I figured it didn't fit my particular metabolism. I know individuals who feel they require a snack between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner and others who choose to graze all day long. While I don't tell people they can't snack, in Today is Still the Day, I do talk about this:
"Among our objectives in this plan is to switch over from being a sugar burner to ending up being a fat burner. One reliable technique is to stop snacking in between meals due to the fact that every time you consume, you surge your insulin levels, which prevents fat loss and encourages fat storage. Consuming in between meals creates insulin resistance, so I highly recommend eliminating snacks and just eating appropriately structured meals. " p. 62
I talk about consuming appropriately structured meals that consist of the highest quality foods from each of the three macronutrients - protein, fats, and carbs. The carbs are primarily from fiber-rich, non-starchy veggies. The fats are healthy fats from olive, hemp, flax and avocado oils, pasture butter, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, and meat from grass-fed and finished animals.
When you nurture your body at the cellular level, you will not search for snacks since you are delighted. Well-structured meals switch off appetite hormones and normalize blood glucose and insulin levels.
Consuming continuously throughout the day sets you up for exhaustion and premature aging along with less fat loss, and here is why:
The process of food digestion starts when you eat. This needs your body to use up energy and time to break down that food into molecules that can be absorbed and utilized. Complete food digestion usually takes 6 hours or more. When you treat in between meals, in effect, you are asking your body to reboot a process it has not completed from the last time you consumed. This leads to weight gain because when your body can not utilize and take in food, it keeps it as fat. Additionally, rebooting the procedure of digestion by snacking cuts short your body's ability to burn fat in between meals because there is almost no "in between" mealtime.
That makes sense, don't you agree? And I have not even discussed the quality of a lot of "snacks," which are generally high carbohydrate, processed food. But it is true even if they are healthy foods. This is why periodic fasting, limiting your feeding to a couple of meals within a little window of time, is so effective. It offers your body the downtime it requires to process the fuel you put in it.